It doesn't look like much, but add the right soundtrack to this modest Brooklyn apartment and the joint gets really pumping. After all, how many apartments can lay claim to being the stash spot of rap king Jay Z, who famously address-dropped this humble abode at 560 State St. in New York's borough of Brooklyn in his anthem "Empire State of Mind?"
The specifics of which unit Jay (pictured at right), born Shawn Carter and raised in a Brooklyn public housing unit, actually inhabited were the subject of some debate. However, it appears pretty clear that this 10C unit is the place where the street hustler turned rap star hung his hat, among other more nefarious activities.
The 1900-era apartment building itself underwent a rehab in 2005, when this unit first sold for $598,014. But the 1,000-square-foot unit has come back on the market with a list price of $870,000.
The unit is a duplex has two bedrooms upstairs and a large, open living area on the main floor. There are 6 over-sized windows and 10-foot ceilings. It also comes with air-conditioning -- an amenity that was not there back in Jay Z's day.
"560 State Street marries the inimitable charm of a bygone era with every modern convenience," the listing notes.
But of more interest to music fans is how Jay Z's road from drug-selling street urchin to entertainment guru complete with talented trophy wife Beyonce, and how 560 State Street was where it all accelerated for him. A recent resident at 560 State Street wrote about Jay Z's visit to his old apartment building in this article in Fuse TV:
"While we waited, (Jay Z) spoke about how much 560 State had changed over the years - "these trees weren't here," he said. None of this was. He pointed to the impressive Viking grills that now lined the back wall of the courtyard, and joked about the make-shift grills he and his boys used to set up for cookouts. He thanked a young lady for coming to his show and told her she had a beautiful energy about her. He wrapped his arm around a couple and their toddler, thanking them for allowing him into their home. He spoke gently to a precocious little boy on a scooter, telling the boy he had an old soul and intelligence about him."