Barbara Corcoran claims COVID victim’s apartment was ‘a health hazard’

Barbara Corcoran claims that a building that she part owns threw out a COVID-19 victim’s belongings while he was in hospital because his apartment had become a health hazard while he was battling the disease alone in his home.

And she believes that — despite the fact that only his pet tortoise and grand paino remained on his return — the building kept everything that was “salvagable.”

As Page Six first reported, Ryo Nagaoka, 60, was admitted to Bellevue Hospital in January, and returned home to his East Village building — of which ex-Yankee Alex Rodriguez is also a part owner — on Wednesday to find his apartment had been emptied by the building’s management.

Restaurant worker Nagaoka told us that not only did he lose vital belongings, but that a prized book collection and sheet-music notations representing years of work were also gone.

“Given how badly Mr. Nagaoka’s health had deteriorated, the state of his apartment had become a clear health hazard to the rest of the residents in the building,” real estate guru Corcoran told us in a statement, “A biotech crew was required to perform the necessary cleaning. There was no furniture in the apartment aside from a mattress and a grand piano. They were instructed to save anything that was salvageable.”


Nagaoka, who is believed to have been moved from a Bellevue ICU to Brooklyn rehab center where he spent months, has finally recovered from COVID, neighbors say.

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Ryo Nagaoka came home to his piano and pet tortoise, while the rest of his possessions were tossed.

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Ryo Nagaoka photographed inside the apartment.

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