Manhattan Townhouse Built On Site of Gas Explosion Asks $32.5 Million

It is a rare find: a newly constructed townhome in New York’s Upper East Side Historic District, which is protected by the city’s landmarks laws. Seeking $32.5 million, the home was able to be built because its predecessor was destroyed by a highly publicized gas explosion in 2006.

Nicholas Bartha, a 66-year-old internist who lived in the building and had an office there, died as a result of the blast, according to the Office of Chief Medical Examiner. The medical examiner ruled the incident a suicide. At the time, Dr. Bartha...

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