Nore, when those projects were built, those neighborhoods were slums. For many, many years, the Upper West Side was thought to begin at 72nd street. The only good streets below there was CPW (Riverside Drive begins and 72). West End was sort of OK but columbus, B'way, and amesterdam were slum streets south of 72. Amsterdam being the worst. IN fact people would refer to the UWS as a trough, with amsterdam in the middle as the low point where the scum collected. The area between 59 and 72 centered on Amersterdam was called "san juan hill" because it was the first in Manhattan to go puerto rican, way before spanish harlem, when east harlem was still italian. By the early 60s it was really bad and really dangerous. West Side Story was written about that neighborhood. What turned it around was slum clearance and the building of lincoln center. IN fact, if you watch the movie WSS, the street scenes were filmed in that neighborhood AFTER everynoe had been evcited but before the tenements were demolished. It looks really bad. So, those projects in the west 60s were built in part to house the people kicked out of the old private tenements of San Juan Hill. Then Lincoln center slowly revitalized the neighborhood into the "yupper west side" (late 80s term) and the housing projects really stuck out.