Chappelle Block Party at Quincy and Downing
BAM theatres is currently showing Dave Chappelle's Block Party, which occurred September 18, 2004 at the intersection of Quincy St and Downing St in Clinton Hill/Bed Stuy. Starring more than a few seminal intelligent hip hop bands like Dead Prez, Blackstar and the Fugees, this 103 minute film is an ode to all that is great in hip hop today.
An unlikely star in this movie are the owners of the Broken Angel, a rundown house at the concert site, owned by two hippies (for lack of a better word). Having driven by this intersection before, we were curiously piqued by what was in this house. A reader sent us the link for the house, shown above.
From the Standard Deviance blog, they have an interesting tidbit about the owners of the house.
The Broken Angel is actually an interesting building and somewhat of an icon in Clinton Hill/Bed-Stuy neighborhood.
The building is owned by a couple, Arthur and Cynthia Wood. You could see Cynthia from time to time doing odd things around the building during the performance. I think I have a shot of her waving her hands out of a weird chimney structure that was just over the stage.
Both Cynthia and Arthur are artists and the building has been an on going project. I kind of see it as a funky tower of babylon. I can see the building my bedroom window and every now and then I see Arthur building an addition to the structure.
Arthur is from Pratt University and most likely the people you saw on the building were Pratt students who had befriended the couple.