Forget swimming pools and spas, for some people, the best amenity a home can have is… a torture chamber?
According to the New York Post, the basement under The Mission of Iraq – on East 79th Street, right opposite former mayor Michael Bloomberg’s townhouse – was used as a jail equipped for torture under Saddam Hussein’s regime.
When he rose to power in 1979, Hussein had the “detention room” installed inside the five-story building the Post reports.
Saddam’s henchmen — known as Mukhabarat agents — allegedly imprisoned local Iraqis in the basement for up to 15 days at a time. The dark room reportedly had reinforced doors so that nobody could break in or out.
Although the house still stands as the Mission, Saddam, who was executed in 2006 after he received a death sentence for crimes against humanity, is long gone, as is his basement. In 2014, the subterranean space was converted into a kitchenette during a full renovation of the house that cost approximately $120,000. [NYP]