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Old 01-04-2013, 10:37 AM
 
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I didn't realize how many public housing buildings were around me until I did a full walk of the neighborhood. I'm staying in the Upper West side for the next 6 months and the neighborhood is very nice. I've walked by these building all times of day and night but didn't read the sign that they were NYCHA.

It goes to show that not all areas with a project building in it is crime ridden.

The buildings are the Wise Towers on 88th and Amsterdam, which is across the street from where I'm at and the De Hostos Towers which is up the street on 91st between Amsterdam and Columbus.

Anyone live in the area and had any issues?
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Old 01-04-2013, 10:40 AM
 
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Almost the entire neighborhood was a rathole in the 70's and 80's (almost....always some nice blocks as far as I know). This is just a remnant from the past.
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Old 01-04-2013, 10:53 AM
 
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It is a product of living in NYC. People in higher-end districts like the UES, and now Chelsea (for example) have similar experiences. There is only so much space in NYC...and with so many people wanting to live here, you have increasingly common situations where million dollar condos/homes are directly next door/across the street/down the block from large towering housing projects/destitute.

If you really want to see what it means to be 'surrounded by housing projects', you should go to the UES/East Harlem...THAT is literally surrounded by housing projects...they seemingly go on for miles.
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Old 01-04-2013, 11:08 AM
 
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It is a product of living in NYC. People in higher-end districts like the UES, and now Chelsea (for example) have similar experiences. There is only so much space in NYC...and with so many people wanting to live here, you have increasingly common situations where million dollar condos/homes are directly next door/across the street/down the block from large towering housing projects/destitute.

If you really want to see what it means to be 'surrounded by housing projects', you should go to the UES/East Harlem...THAT is literally surrounded by housing projects...they seemingly go on for miles.
Also I was in the Lower East Side visiting a friend and walked past the Alfred E Smith houses on 54 Catherine St in the two bridges area and the Views they have must be nice. I'm surprised they haven't torn these down and put up high-rises because the location is prime.
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Old 01-04-2013, 11:11 AM
 
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Pj's are eveywhere in this godforsaken slum rustbelt city.
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Old 01-04-2013, 11:18 AM
 
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Housing projects are actually in some great locations throughout the city...but at this point, unless something dramatic and unforseen happens, they aren't going anywhere any time soon.

As the population grows, the trend is for the wealth to be concentrated in NYC, the working/middle to shrink, and the poor to continue to live here = wealth and poor will be living next to eachother. This is already happening and will accelerate as the "regular wealthy" are forced to move to make way for the "ultra wealthy", who are displacing the "upper middle class" and everyone else to live on top of housing projects because there is nowhere else to go.

That's the future, and it is happening right before our eyes...luxury properties/homes going up adjacent to housing projects all over the city, even the Southern Bronx.
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Old 01-04-2013, 11:36 AM
 
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o well. the poor will outlast the rich anyway.
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Old 01-04-2013, 06:39 PM
 
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I was shopping in Lower East side near Houston and Avenue and made a wrong turn ended up walking past Baruch Houses on Houston and Avenue D and then First houses one Avenue A and 3rd to get back on track going West to the trains. I didn't have any issues but I hate the fact the closest train was 6-7 blocks away.
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Old 01-04-2013, 07:16 PM
 
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lol you guys act like anything NYCHA means you're going to get shot if you walk by accidentally.
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Old 01-04-2013, 07:31 PM
 
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I didn't realize how many public housing buildings were around me until I did a full walk of the neighborhood. I'm staying in the Upper West side for the next 6 months and the neighborhood is very nice. I've walked by these building all times of day and night but didn't read the sign that they were NYCHA.

It goes to show that not all areas with a project building in it is crime ridden.

The buildings are the Wise Towers on 88th and Amsterdam, which is across the street from where I'm at and the De Hostos Towers which is up the street on 91st between Amsterdam and Columbus.

Anyone live in the area and had any issues?
Welcome to Mott Haven, where I live as soon as you step out the subway all you see is housing projects.
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