Secret 'man cave' found hidden underneath major train station

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Three railroad workers have been suspended for turning a storage room under New York’s Grand Central Terminal into an unauthorised “man cave” with a television, a refrigerator, a microwave and a futon couch.

A Metropolitan Transportation Authority investigation found that managers at Metro-North Railroad were unaware of the hideaway beneath Track 114.

“Many a New Yorker has fantasised about kicking back with a cold beer in a prime piece of Manhattan real estate — especially one this close to good transportation,” MTA Inspector General Carolyn Pokorny said in a news release.

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

A tv and concealed chair in the man cave hidden under New York's Grand Central Station
Investigators found a man cave with a tv, fridge, couch and microwave right underneath platform 114 in the middle of New York City. Source: AP

Three Metro-North employees — a wireman, a carpenter foreman and an electrical foreman — were suspended on Thursday (local time) without pay pending disciplinary hearings.

The investigation began after the MTA’s office of the inspector general received an anonymous tip in February 2019 alleging that there was a “man cave” under Grand Central with “a couch and a flat screen TV” where three specific employees would “hang out and get drunk and party”.

the hidden man cave under New York's Grand Central Station
Three employees were suspended after it was revealed they would 'hang out and get drunk and party' in the hidden man cave. Source: AP

Investigators found the room, which had wooden cabinets designed to conceal the TV and futon, according to the report.

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

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