In the Bronx, the only 2 best housing projects are:
1) Pelham Parkway - Quiet & working class neighborhood, near Jacobi Hospital, respectful neighbors and has one of the best management offices in NYCHA.
2) Throggs Neck - Also a quiet and working class neighborhood and has its housing police preicinct.
Warning: All other housing projects in the bronx has illegal drug and gang activities (Bloods/Latin Kings/Crips/etc.), gang fights, trouble makers, drug addicts smoking weed or crack in front of your door, stick-up kids, daily gossip, urine on the elevator and hallway floors, graffitti all over the interior of the buildings, excessively noisy/disrespectful neighbors, management offices that only care about is your rent and does nothing about your complaints, plenty of vacancies to keep you in the Bronx forever.
The worst housing projects (in numeric order) in the Bronx out of all the other bad ones are:
1) Castle Hill
4) Mott Haven
Now.... There are more than 2 housing projects that are the best in Manhattan (Excluding Marble Hill) which in numeric order are:
1) Harborview Terrance - Located in midtown Manhattan, is the fanciest, newest and the most quietest housing project NYCHA has ever owned. There is an obstacle to get selected for an apartment in this heavenly housing project. It is managed by Amsterdam Houses, a housing project a few blocks away where everybody that applies for Harborview Terrance will get selected for Amsterdam (a housing project full of gang members).
2) Harlem River - Located in a middle-income Harlem neighborhood, it look like condominiums and it is a very traditional, respectful and quiet housing project similar to Harborview Terrance. Generations pass by and there still be very little vacancies and to be selected to Harlem river, all you need is an application and a dream.
3) Dyckman - Located in in a working-class Inwood neighborhood, it is convinient to transportation, restaurants, nightclubs and stores 24/7. It's quiet all over the housing project (except if you get the bad luck to live next to noisy neighbors that take advantage of the peace and safety around them). In that case, the Dyckman Management Office is very poorly operated to handle tenant's complaints and transfers so if you get selected to live in Dyckman, the peace and safety is guaranteed but not the overall quietness within your apartment. Overall, Dyckman is like a mini Co-op city and you'll feel like a millionaire while renting one of these apartments. But you must believe in one thing to get an apartment in Dyckman. "Good things comes to those that wait (years)".
4) Baruch - Located in the Lower East Side, it's the largest housing project in Manhattan and it's also very quiet at all times. There are always
vacancies in Baruch because some people prefer close transportation over peace and quiet. It's also close to supermarkets and a $50 a year city gym. It's also safe and peaceful.
5) Grant - Located in Central Harlem, has a powerfull tenant patrol that keep the housing project clean, safe and quiet at all times. It's near the 125th street shopping area and it also has a housing police preicinct. It's also near all transportation. It is worth the wait for an apartment in Grant.
Warning: Same warning as the warning about the Bronx housing projects except that NYCHA would love to transfer you as soon as possible to the Bronx, Brooklyn or Staten Island if you need a transfer.
The worst housing projects (in numeric order) in Manhattan out of all the other bad ones are:
1) Polo Grounds
3) Drew Hamilton
9) Marble Hill (Marble Hill is located at the northern tip of Manhattan)