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Marcy Houses is a public housing complex in Bedford Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, consisting in 27 six-story buildings containing 1705 apartments. In 1981, in one
of this buildings, twelve-years old Shawn Corey Carter pulled a gun on his drug-addicted brother Eric and shot him in the shoulder, after he discovered he had stolen his rings.

In the neighbourhood Shawn is known by his nickname, Jay-Z.