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Usually, only ghosts and the birds get to enjoy the inside of this prime Manhattan real estate. 

The East Village’s PS 64 has been empty for some two decades and the cavernous insides of the H-shaped structure at 605 E. Ninth St. have remained mostly off-limits to the public, documented only by the occasional urban explorer who finds their way into the belly of the behemoth. Last month, photographer Stacie Joy did just that.   

“I’d been hearing for quite some time that there were parties and events being thrown inside, and that there had been a fire or two, and that the building was in serious disrepair,” she told The Post of her adventure through the open gate and into a since-fixed opening in the plywood this March. “I was walking by with a friend, and the door was open. So we went inside to investigate — and document.” 

While Joy doesn’t usually photograph or explore abandoned buildings, she’d long been curious about what the early 20th-century school structure looked like inside after being empty for so long. “I remember it when it was a community cultural space,” said the East Village resident, who moved to NYC as a teenager. 

The building’s owner, Gregg Singer, bought it for $3.15 million in a 1998 auction. Three years later, its only tenant, the Charas/El Bohio Community Center, was evicted. The space, which Singer hopes to expand into dorms, has since sat largely unchanged due to an ongoing legal development battle with the city.

In the years since, it has devolved into more of a nightmare — and a stinky one at that. 

“The smell! It’s pretty unpleasant. A mix of urine and funk,” Joy described to EV Grieve, which first reported her surreptitious exploration. “It’s almost pitch-black as you enter and there are shards of broken glass everywhere. There is evidence of other people bleeding from getting caught in the shattered glass or broken planks and exposed nails.” 

Among other horrors, she came upon a large and “terrifying” pool of water in the basement which, due to the darkness, was “easy to fall into” although she managed to stay dry.

She didn’t see any evidence of people living in the space, but she did feel affected by a sense — and scent — of “death and loss and decay.”

The building, which is more than 115 years old, also gave her a sense of natural and nostalgic beauty through the loveliness of its “windows and light and soaring space.” The wind moved through the floors with her as she explored, and while she didn’t come upon another person she did find many messages, “warnings, love letters, directions” written on the walls and stairs by past visitors.

As hauntingly beautiful as the space is in abandonment, Joy dreams of seeing it one day made into a neighborhood hub again. 

“A space that large and open with such lovely light and windows could be such a boon for kids, artists, seniors, neighborhood events,” she said. “I would love to see it returned to the community. Restored to its former glory.” 

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It looks like somebody just made some random fish the happiest fish in the world.

A snorkeler recently shared an unusual discovery she made during a recent trip underwater. According to her, it’s not uncommon to see certain types of fish with various pieces of garbage stuck around their necks.

Recently, however, she came across a fish that was wearing a wedding ring.

Susan Prior was snorkeling in Emily Bay, which is located on an island off the eastern coast of Australia, People reports. According to the environmental conservationist, she came across a sand mullet that had a gold ring around its neck.

According to the snorkeler, sand mullets sort through the sand while looking for food. It’s possible that this particular fish swam through the ring and got it stuck on its body.

It wasn’t until Prior returned to land, however, that she remembered a post on the community social media page. Apparently, a man had recently lost his wedding ring in the same area.

She was reportedly able to get in touch with the man and they both believe that it’s likely that this fish is swimming around with the man’s missing wedding ring.

Apparently, Prior is willing to try and relocate the fish and, along with a group of fishermen, attempt to catch it with a net. Then, she’d likely be able to remove the ring and return it to its owner. She reportedly described this as “difficult,” so there’s no guarantee that it will work.

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Florida fisherman chased by 11-foot alligator in scary video

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A Florida fisherman became the bait when he was chased by an alligator in the Everglades.

GoPro video captured the near-death experience when Tommy Lee was tarpon fishing on May 8.

The 22-year-old was recording himself fishing at sunrise when an 11-foot bull alligator swam onshore. As Lee backed up, the reptile chased him through the brush, getting too close for comfort.

It “stalked me then chased me,” he told ViralHog. “The gator appeared much larger and closer in person. It got within 10 feet of me.”

At one heart-pounding moment, Lee tripped and fell to the ground, but quickly regained his footing and continued to back up.

In the two-minute video, you can hear the frazzled fisherman exclaiming, “Jesus Christ. You gotta be careful here.” But as he lost sight of the deadly creature, he retraced his steps following the animal until it splashed back in the water.

“And I am out of here,” Lee said to himself before grabbing his gear and turning off the camera.

Lee uploaded the shocking clip to his YouTube channel, Chum Dumpster, where it amassed 1.2 million views.

However, it isn’t too surprising that the sharp-toothed creature came out to play. May and June mark mating season for the more than one million alligators that live in Florida.

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KFC hackers jailed in China over $31,000 worth of chicken

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KFC hackers jailed in China over $31,000 worth of chicken

The Chinese students who scored a five-finger-lickin’ discount at Kentucky Fried Chicken — for a total of $31,000 worth of food — are going to prison.

Their scam took place in 2018 after one of them discovered a glitch on KFC’s online order platform, allowing them access to an endless supply of fried chicken.

The five college con artists involved in the grift were handed down a range of sentences by the People’s Court of Xuhui District in Shanghai, from 13 to 30 months, according to Daily Mail and recent Chinese-language reports, with fines set between $150 (1,000 yuan) and $900 (6,000 yuan).

“Being fully aware of this bug, the convicted deliberately engaged in false transactions and illegally profited from them, which constituted the crime of fraud,” court papers read, according to Australia’s 9News.

The group’s 23-year-old ringleader, identified only as “Xu,” defrauded the company out of some $9,000 (58,000 yuan). All told, they stole more than $31,000 (129,000 yuan) worth of food from Yum! Brands, which owns the KFC name.

The simple scheme involved a loophole between KFC’s app and the restaurant’s page on Chinese social network WeChat, which allowed Xu to use a voucher for free food while also being refunded. It’s been reported that Xu later began shilling out the free food he’d reaped as a side hustle.

The case has reportedly sparked debate online, according to Global Times, with some saying that a bug in KFC’s order system is on the corporation — not the customers who reaped the spoils of their mistake.

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