Who hasn’t dreamed of having a secret hideaway at work to escape from the usual monotony of Monday through Friday? Well, New York City officials discovered just that under Grand Central Terminal.
According to Gothamist, the secret “man cave” was decked out with a flat screen TV and streaming device, workout equipment, a futon, air conditioner, and a fridge to store beer. The lair even contained specially designed cabinets to conceal the evidence.
The makeshift lounge was first reported through an anonymous email tip-off in February 2019, alleging the room was being used for parties. An official report of the investigation uncovering the locked room was released Tuesday.
The space was used to “hang out, get drunk and party,” MTA Inspector General Carolyn Pokorny says in the report. The secret room, located below Track 114, was hidden behind a locked door inside a larger storage room.
Three MTA workers — a wireman, a carpenter foreman, and an electrical foreman — have been suspended without pay following the investigation, all of which denied their involvement. Fire officials and terminal managers claim they were unaware the space where the room was built existed.
“Many a New Yorker has fantasized about kicking back with a cold beer in a prime piece of Manhattan real estate,” Pokorny says. “But few would have the chutzpah to commandeer a secret room beneath Grand Central Terminal and make it their very own man-cave, sustained with MTA resources, and maintained at our riders’ expense.”