Atlas Obscura is organizing trips! Join us on an adventure »
Today Only: 50% off Atlas Obscura books and calendars at Barnes & Noble »

New York, New York


A notorious punk house turned co-op. 

1970s tenement vacancies in the Lower East side left some buildings up for grabs for the squatters of those needing housing downtown. After efforts were made in 2002 to purchase and clean up the squats, the residents negotiated a deal and purchased the building, which is now home to a half pipe and regularly hosts concerts. The squat is famous for its residents repairing it after it was falling into dangerous decay.

Know Before You Go

Accessible from L Train at 1st Avenue