Neighborhood: Long Island City, Queens
Address: 10-05 & 10-06 41st Ave.
Notable Residents: Nas, Mobb Deep, Metta World Peace, Nature, MC Shan, Marley Marl, Cormega, Craig G, Roxanne Shante, Tragedy Khadafi
In the 74 years since their completion, Long Island City's Queensbridge Houses have become the largest public housing development in not only New York City, but all of North America. With over 3,000 units, it's divided into two segments—the North and South Houses—which are home to nearly 7,000 people.
Since the 1980s, no other New York City housing project has received more attention or produced more hip-hop talent than the Queensbridge houses. Yes, it even outshines Marcy. Born and raised in the Queensbridge Houses, MC Shan and Marley Marl started it all with "The Bridge" and founded the legendary Juice Crew, which also included QB natives like Craig G and Roxanne Shante. They went to lyrical war with KRS-One and Boogie Down Productions and paved the way for artists like Nas, Mobb Deep, Cormega, and Nature during the '90s. Nas spent his first 20 years at the Queensbridge Houses, two decades which inspired the sublime Illmatic.
Knicks forward Metta World Peace also grew up in the Queensbridge Houses, though he went by Ron Artest in those days. He stayed in the borough, playing at St. John's University for two years before heading off to the NBA. Though he'll always be known for his role in the Malice at Palace, he should go down in history for his foray into hip-hop, wearing his jersey to club after winning his first NBA championship with the Lakers in 2010 and making NBA analyst Craig Sager say "Queensbridge" live on the air.