I'm going to translate the following sentence into a language in which there may not be an exact equivalent for the word 'ghetto'.
He taught ghetto kids in New York's public school system.
Concise Oxford English Dictionary defines 'ghetto' as
1) a part of a city, especially a slum area, occupied by a minority group.
2) [historical] the Jewish quarter in a city.
Now, I'd like to know what adjectives and concepts the phrase "ghetto kids of New York" brings to the mind of a native English speaker most strongly at this moment in time.