House call

WHO: Arthur Wood WHAT: Broken Angel WHERE: Bed-Stuy

Photo: Cinzia Reale-Castello

Kanye West and the Fugees command center stage in Dave Chappelle's Block Party, but the real stars may be Arthur and Cynthia Wood. They're the eccentric owners of Broken Angel, a wild six-story architectural marvel located on the corner of Quincy Place and Downing Street in Bed-Stuy, where the film was shot. One recent day, Arthur Wood stood outside his home and explained that because of the intersection's unique L-shaped configuration, he advocated for performances of Shakespearean plays here, long before Chappelle and friends found the block. Despite his belief that swearing is "taking the easy way out," Wood attended the New York premiere and enjoyed the four-letter-word-filled movie. His only disappointment is that the majority of the footage shot inside Broken Angel ended up on the cutting-room floor, but he understands director Michel Gondry's logic. Because of its remarkable design, many publications (including this one) have written about Broken Angel. However, personal fame is something new for Wood. During our interview, he nods and smiles to a man in a minivan who pulls up and shouts, "I saw you in the movie, man."—Noah Davis

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