3 accused of creating 'man cave' under Grand Central station

Marco Green
September 25, 2020

New York City's subterranean transit system is filled with a variety of storage rooms and facilities, particularly at the iconic Grand Central Terminal, which is home to both MTA subways and Metro North trains.

"Many a New Yorker has fantasized about kicking back with a cold beer in a prime piece of Manhattan real estate - especially one this close to good transportation", inspector general Carolyn Pokorny said in a statement.

Not only did they find a visibly used couch, but also a carefully hidden futon, refrigerator (fit with an opened 24 oz. can of beer), microwave, and a wall-mounted TV hilariously left on Turner "Tfue" Tenney's Twitch stream.

The trio of Metro-North employees - identified only as a wireman, a carpenter foreman, and an electrical foreman - denied ever having been in the room. But when found during an investigation by the Inspector General, the room included a receipt for the futon bearing the name of one of the men, a connection on the television to another man's smart phone, and a TV streaming device registered to the third man.

"But few would have the chutzpah to commandeer a secret room beneath Grand Central Terminal".

A bottle of cranberry juice, a peanut butter container and an opened beer can were inside the refrigerator.

An investigation by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority uncovered the trio's hideaway below Track 114 behind a locked door.

'Evidence that the three MNR employees had used the Unauthorized Breakroom is overwhelming, ' the report said.

The electrical foreman admitted that he had a copy of the locksmith shop keys, despite not spent time in that department in years.

An official with the MTA, which owns the terminal, said it's unclear what the ex-man cave will be used for in the future.

The behavior described in the IG's report is outrageously inappropriate and is not consistent with Metro-North's values and the commitment that we have to providing safe, reliable and cost-efficient service to our customers.

Railroad officials said the space presented a fire hazard because rescue workers would have had difficulty accessing an unmapped room.

Station management said they were not aware the room even existed, and officials eventually had to break into it by completely replacing the lock.

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