The townhouse at 34 East 62nd Street met an untimely end in 2006, when Nicholas Bartha blew it up. Bartha, who was in the house at the time and died from injuries, allegedly wanted to demolish the house so that he wouldn't have to sell it and share the profits with his ex-wife, The Real Deal explains. The lot remains empty, but developer Janna Bullock has put it on the market with plans for a Preston Phillips-designed townhouse. The ask? $40 million.
The brokerbabble explains what could fill the now entirely empty space:
This 6 level limestone and glass home will be a modernist’s green dream house with a Geo Thermal Well that will provide both heating and cooling throughout the impressive light-filled residence. This cutting-edge home will be comprised of 4 bedrooms, 5 full and 3 half baths, formal dining, sunken south-facing living room with fireplace leading to a courtyard with cascading waterfall, large family room, open kitchen, expansive conservatory and entertaining space, planted roof garden, sculptural staircase, glass enclosed elevator and on the lower level a pool, spa and steam room. Sounds pretty nice, if one can overcome the more unpleasant moments in the lot's history. Here are a few more views of the proposed home:
And here's a vague sketch of the future floorplan: