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The Lower East Side in the '80s Was Just a Pile of Car Parts

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The Lower East Side of old is often described as "gritty" and "not nice," and based on some photos from longtime resident Steve Butcher, which Bowery Boogie just featured, that grittiness manifested itself during the 1980s as entire lots occupied by piles of broken car parts and assorted garbage. One can only assume that during the '80s, locals occupied their time by engaging in car battles, a la Mad Max, and when they were done they just tossed the shattered automobile remains into whatever vacant lot they happened to be near at the time.

· 20 Photos from the (Very Different) Lower East Side of the 1980s [PHOTOS] [Bowery Boogie]
· Steve Butcher [official]