Squatters' Rites: Homes Above Ground

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292 East Third Street, aka Bullet Space. A haven for artists and musicians with a gallery on the ground floor. A very low-income building; at one point, the person with the most stable job was a waitress. Residents: 10. Estimated cost of rehab needed: $211,750.

719 East Sixth Street. Demographically speaking, the oldest squat. A real Loisaida mix: aging radicals, punk rock parents and folks who just gravitated here by chance. Some are even eligible for Social Security. Residents: 28. Cost of rehab: $574,751.

209 East 7th Street. A stable building of families and children, where women take leadership. Residents: 35. Estimated cost of rehab: $514,251.

274 East 7th Street. Residents call it Rainbow Co-op, but others call them “the Germans,” because of the high number of European immigrants. Residents: 21. Cost of rehab: $393,251.

278 East 7th Street. Known for stable households and families, this squat was never vacant. Residents: 33. Cost of rehab: $574,751.

733 East 9th Street, aka Serenity. Sandwiched between two pricey buildings, Serenity's punk rock aesthetic has not endeared it to the neighbors; they continually report it to the Fire Department. Residents: 34. Cost of rehab: $544,501.

377 East 10th Street. A quiet squat, with lots of veteran squatters who have lived in multiple squats over the years. Residents: 19. Cost of rehab: $423,501.

544 East 13th Street. Movie star Rosario Dawson–Will Smith's girlfriend in Men in Black II–spent time here growing up, and her family still lives in the building. Residents: 16. Cost of rehab: $333,751.

7 1/2 2nd Avenue. Might be the most middle-class squat. Occupants include an MTA mechanic and a businessman who imports fish from South America. Residents: 15. Cost of rehab: $242,001.