Chris Boarts Larson Photo Column—Nausea, “Squat the Lot” 9th Street Lot NYC, June 16,1990

Chris Boarts Larson Photo Column—Nausea, “Squat the Lot” 9th Street Lot NYC, June 16,1990

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The Lower East Side of NYC was a forgotten place with abandoned buildings, empty lots, broken-up sidewalks, burned-up cars, and punk shows in squats. Past Tompkins Square Park between Avenue C and D on 9th Street, there was a community art garden on the corner, Fetus and Dos Blocos Squats, a stretch of empty lot, and then the garden lot next to Serenity Squat where there were a few “Squat the Lot” generators shows.

Across the street, most of the block was empty. This was the LES that I knew in 1990 when Nausea and many other local punk bands played in the 9th Street “Squat the Lot.” Twenty eight years later, a police station and condos fill those empty lots and it’s completely unrecognizable.

But the memories are unforgettable.

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