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New Jersey’s legendary punk rock hall City Gardens in ‘imminent’ danger of collapse

City Gardens New Jersey Credit: Courtesy of Ken Salerno

A regular haunt for Henry Rollins, Fugazi, Dead Kennedys, The Ramones, Green Day and Nirvana (to name a few) may have to be demolished.

Vegetation is taking over the walls, and major holes riddle the squat, rectangular building on Calhoun Street in North Trenton, New Jersey. According to a report in NJ.com, this one icon building is likely on the way to disappearing forever.

This rather unimpressive cinder block building helped put punk rock and underground music on the map in the ’80s and ’90s.

City Gardens
The building on Calhoun Street in Trenton, best known as housing the legendary punk rock nightclub City Gardens, on Nov. 28, 2022.Michael Mancuso | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com

Last week one of the club’s original DJ’s, Randy Ellis (aka Randy Now) posted on Facebook that the city was about to demo the building, sending a nostalgic shiver through the City Gardens fandom.

The club was immortalised in the documentary, “Riot on the Dance Floor: The story of Randy Now and City Gardens,” and the book, “No Slam Dancing, No Stage Diving, No Spikes: An Oral History of the Legendary City Gardens.”

Click here to read the full NJ.com article. Main photo City Gardens New Jersey Credit: Courtesy of Ken Salerno.


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