No Sleep Till Brooklyn. By now, you’re no stranger to the Beastie Boys’ phrase that’s been doubling as the campaign for the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards. You’ve witnessed Miley Cyrus strut through train tunnels, Katy Perry climb out of manholes and Macklemore and Ryan Lewis trek across prairies in anticipation of Sunday’s big event. This year, the annual event gets the Brooklyn treatment for the first time, at Barclay’s Center, nestled in the borough that’s becoming New York’s next cultural epicenter. But it’s no secret that the Brooklyn we know now is very different from that of 20 years ago, thanks to rapid gentrification. Here, some mixed-crowd scenes that those lucky enough to have nabbed tickets should check out.
Jay-Z’s old stash spot, 560 State Street.
Before fleeing the city post awards show, guests can explore the concrete jungle described by the man who glorified his humble (and illegal) beginnings in “Empire State of Mind.” The Boerum Hill apartment complex, just a stone’s throw from Barclay’s, is the spot where a pre-behemoth Shawn Carter sold drugs and worked on the music that eventually made him financially untouchable. That address and it’s surrounding residencies have helped Boerum dethrone DUMBO as Brooklyn’s priciest neighborhood.
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