Many New Yorkers were not impressed, however.
Grand Central Station (now formally known as Grand Central Terminal) is one of the most beautiful buildings in New York City. But, recently a secret man cave was discovered underneath track 114 at this busy station, leading to disciplinary action for 3 Metro North employees. The small area, a former locksmith supply holding for Metro North, was outfitted with all kinds of things that break rooms don’t normally have.
The room was labeled as the foreman’s office, but inside was actually a secret apartment. Inside there was a microwave, a fridge containing beer, a flat screen TV, and other conveniences.
There was a hide-a-bed concealed by a plywood cover, as well as an inflatable air mattress, and a futon found inside the area.
Employees using the secret break room also had a streaming device installed which was powdered by a phone plan hotspot so that they could stream TV and movies.
After several complaints in 2019 the Office of the MTA Inspector General launched an investigation into the matter. According to one statement the employees who outfitted the secret man cave used the area to “hang out and get drunk and party.” Statements during the investigation revealed that at times this had happened while the 3 employees were on the clock.
When asked about the unauthorized break room on public property, many New Yorkers were not troubled at all. One man said that, “…in the current scheme of corruption and mis-spending of public dollars it’s hard to excited. I’m sorry, but you know, it’s small change.” Another New Yorker gave the employees credit by stating that they were “innovative” in their use of an otherwise boring space.
Find out more details in the video below of this secret man cave break room under the tracks at Grand Central Station.SKM: below-content placeholder