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NYC: “Upper East Side landlord sues rapist living in box in halls of mom’s apartment building”

A convicted rapist, after getting tossed out of his mother’s Upper East Side apartment, has been living in a box in the hallway, a new lawsuit says.

Steven McPhail turned the fourth floor of the building at 1374 York Ave. into his own personal lair — urinating in the hallways and leaving his garbage, filthy clothes and leftover food in his cardboard home, the suit says.

The residents, disgusted by the foul smell and afraid of the felon in their midst, are threatening to withhold rent because “they live in constant fear,” says the suit filed by landlord Robert Galpern.

“I went and got pepper spray because I’m scared of this guy,” said a 35-year-old woman who lives on the fifth floor. “He’s unpredictable. He drinks.”

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