Neighborhood: Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn
Address: 648 Park Ave.
Notable residents: Jay-Z, Memphis Bleek, Jaz-O, Sauce Money
In 1949, a tree grew in Brooklyn. The sprawling Marcy Houses were built in Bed-Stuy during the middle of the 20th century, featuring 27 six-story houses spread out across over 28 acres. The Marcy projects are home to over 4,200 residents who inhabit 1,705 apartments. On Jan. 19, 2009—Marcy's 60th birthday—New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg honored the community, christening the day "Marcy Houses Day." The Marcy Houses have also gained recognition for their beautiful gardens, and embraced the New York City Housing Authority's "green" initiative during the late aughts, replacing standard water heaters with energy conserving hot water heaters.
Enough ignoring the elephant in the room, everyone knows that Jay-Z is the tree that grew in Brookyln—Marcy, to be specific. He's rapped about it prolifically over the past two decades, perhaps most notably on "Where I'm From." The other notable Marcy celebrity is Memphis Bleek, who's still one hit away all these years later, but (per Jay) will always be a millionaire as long as Jay-Z's alive. Cough up a lung.