Several commenters on a post about violence in the West 90’s referenced West Side Story and the San Juan Hill neighborhood where some of the scenes in the movie were set. San Juan Hill was a neighborhood in the Lincoln Square area that stretched from about 59th to 65th street, and from Amsterdam Avenue to the 11th Avenue railroad tracks.
The video below, from the New York Times, traces the history of the neighborhood. San Juan Hill was “the most congested most concentrated black neighborhood in Manhattan” and a hugely important area in New York’s musical history.
Image is a screenshot from the video.