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State Property 2 & JayZa 40/40

Posted By on June 16, 2003


State Property 2, the new album from State Property is in stores 7/29!!! Check out an MP3 snippet of the first single from State Property 2, “Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop” feat. the Young Guns (Chris and Neef).

“Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop” – feat. Young Guns (Chris and Neef) (MP3 Snippet)

40/40 CLUB TO OPEN JUNE 18th

NEW YORK (June 2003) – The 40/40 CLUB, an all American sports bar and lounge owned by hip hop mogul JAY-Z and partners Desiree Gonzalez and Juan Perez, (6 West 25th Street between 6th Avenue and Broadway) will open its doors June 18th. Created by the three longtime friends, 40/40 is 8,000 square feet of pure sports and entertainment in an opulent lounge setting, providing a unique experience not found elsewhere in New York City.

“I love sports and wanted to create an environment that is conducive to match my lifestyle, while watching the games at the same time, ” said Jay-Z.

The $4 million multi-level space includes a 24′ X 8′ slate bar, a 16-foot wide staircase furnished with sleek seating on the steps, 15 LCD TV’s, 8 plasmas (three 60″ plasmas), four 12′ X 12′ two-sided big screen TV’s, a premium cigar room and two private VIP rooms. The two VIP rooms, the “Remy Lounge,” appropriately named after Remy Martin, Jay’s cognac of choice, and “Jay’s Room” (24′ X 16′ each), are fully equipped with their own personal entertainment centers, 60″ plasma TV’s, Italian leather wrap-around couches, X-Box, Play Station II, all controlled by their own touch-screen remotes. Each room can hold up to 50 people for private parties and events. The cigar room, sponsored by Cohiba, is state of the art and complies with all New York State smoking laws. The room will feature exclusive cigar pieces on display including limited edition lighters, cigar cutters and cigar pieces made exclusively for Cohiba.

The 40/40 Club is named after one of baseball’s most prestigious plateaus. A benchmark for power and speed, The 40/40 Club denotes players who hit 40 home runs and steal 40 bases in one season — only Barry Bonds (1996), Alex Rodriguez (1998) and Jose Canseco (1988) can call The 40/40 Club home. The three jerseys of these men grace an area of the lounge to honor their great accomplishment.

“When we were thinking of a name, we wanted something exclusive — the 40/40 Club in baseball is as exclusive as it gets,” said Jay-Z.

The decor of 40/40 is a mix of memorabilia from this country’s greatest games coupled with Manhattan sophistication. Seven chairs suspended from the ceiling transcend guests from a sports bar to a lavish lounge in a matter of seconds. Lush purples and charcoal glazing adorn the walls while rich slate, imported from South America make up the flooring, bars and tabletops. The 16 ft. wide steel stairs and furniture were all produced in Marcy Place, Jay-Z’s childhood neighborhood. 40/40 is accented by over 300 pillows that were designed by owner Juan Perez’s childhood friend’s mother and handcrafted in her home in Washington Heights.

Jerseys given by various famous players who wear the number 40 hang from all points of the lounge along with other famous jerseys — such as Michael Jordan’s number 23 and Lawrence Taylor’s number 56. “Memorabilia Hallway” connects the main floor to the private rooms and houses game used jerseys, balls, bats and other game used equipment.

“We tried to create a place that would be favorable to both men and women and we think we have found it with the combination of sports and an upscale hip lounge,” said owner Desiree Gonzalez.

Consulting Executive Chef Cynthia Sestito and Executive Chef Jonathan Leff created a menu that is sure to please both the sports fan and the casual diner. Guests will be enticed by the Latin-Soul Lounge Food, with menu selections including Caribbean Conch Fritters, Cuban Cheese Pops, Harlem Wings, an assortment of mini tacos and pressed sandwiches.

The 40/40 Club is open five days a week from 4:00PM – 4:00 AM and on Saturday and Sunday from 12:00 PM – 4:00AM. All major credit cards accepted.