Last week Spike Lee announced his intention to throw a big, loud, joyous party in Fort Greene Park on what would have been Michael Jackson‘s 51st birthday, had he not died last month. The two collaborated once on the music video for Jackson’s “They Don’t Care About Us” (the prison riot version, not the partying in the streets of Rio version).
Of course, the idea of a big old party that might attract as many as 10,000 people didn’t sit so well with residents near Fort Greene Park, so a kerfuffle was raised, and now the party has been moved to Prospect Park. The event will still be free at 5pm on August 29 and feature music by DJ Spinna, but it will be held in Nethermead, which presents obvious marketing fodder for comparisons between Neverland (Jackson’s amusement park ranch) and Nethermead. Like, for instance, “Remember the man from Neverland at Nethermead,” and “Brooklyn’s own Neverland at Nethermead.” Spike Lee promises: “All over the world, people are going to be celebrating his birthday. But he’s going to hear Brooklyn; Brooklyn is going to be in the house. Deep.”