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Site of NYC townhouse blast offered for $8M

The lot where a townhouse stood on the Upper East Side of Manhattan — until a doctor destroyed it in a natural gas explosion, so his ex-wife couldn't profit from its sale — is on the market for $8 million.
/ Source: The Associated Press

The East Side lot where a townhouse stood until Dr. Nicholas Bartha blew it up so that his ex-wife couldn't profit from its sale is on the market for $8 million.

Florrie Milan, a broker with Brown Harris Stevens, said Sunday that there has been "a lot, a lot, a lot of interest" in the 20-by-100-foot lot on East 62nd Street.

Bartha, 66, died July 15, five days after authorities say he caused a gas explosion to level the mansion so that his former wife, Cordula Hahn Bartha, couldn't benefit from its sale.

The 124-year-old mansion was worth $4 million, according to court papers filed by Bartha's daughter, Serena, who asked the court to appoint her administrator of her father's estate since a will has not been found. Serena and another daughter own 25 percent of the lot. Bartha owed just over $4 million to his ex-wife as a result of their divorce settlement, according to the papers.

The listing for the vacant lot reads: "Seize this opportunity to build your dream house!" and touts its location on "a quiet, lovely tree lined street in New York City's Upper East Side Historic District."

Also on the market, according to a report in Sunday's Daily News, is the Staten Island home of the man accused of letting his wife commit suicide by driving off a cliff.

A neighbor told the News that there is a "For Sale" sign on the lawn of the house on Elvin Street.

Han, 34, is charged with promoting a suicide attempt, reckless endangerment and endangering children in the June 14 death of Hejin Han, who drove their Honda Odyssey minivan off a Bear Mountain cliff just after her husband stepped out of it. The couple's two young daughters were in the van but survived without major injury.