Neighborhood: Staten Island
Address: 210 Broad St.
Notable residents: Ghostface Killah, Tristan Wilds
With six, 8-story buildings housing over 2,000 people, the Stapleton Houses are the largest housing development on Staten Island. They were finished in 1962, and, without question, have been made recognizable by the Wu-Tang Clan. Ghostface Killah grew up there (Building 218, to be exact) and has never been shy to share that fact in his music ("Staple-Land's where the ambulance don't come"). Actor Tristan Wilds, best known for work on seasons 4 and 5 of The Wire, as well as on the reincarnation of 90210, also grew up here. Now working on a music career, Wilds recently told the New York Daily News "I'm just a young kid from the Stapleton projects that's trying to change the world."