Workers suspended after luxury "man cave" found under Grand Central Station

Darnell Taylor
September 27, 2020

Three New York MTA employees are at risk of losing their jobs for turning a storage room underneath Grand Central Terminal into a secret "man cave".

Those complaints were handed to the Metro- North Railroad Security Department for investigation, according to MTA's report, but the Office of the MTA Inspector General found during its investigation that the complaints were never looked at further.

Anticipating discovery, the man-cave denizens had made large wooden boxes that could quickly hide the futon, TV and other large furnishings.

According to the New York Post, investigators initially visited the unused shop on 8 August 2019, after concluding that Metro-North officials had failed to investigate two previous complaints about workers using the space to "hang out and get drunk and party".

"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", said MTA Inspector General Carolyn Pokorny, announcing the result of an investigation yesterday.

But the few that did turned out to be a trio of Metro North employees (a wireman, carpenter foreman, and electrical foreman).

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All three denied that they used the room, but the inspector general's report called their denials "not credible".

The subsequent MTA report said that Grand Central Station management were unaware the room even existed, let alone that it was being used for parties.

After investigating, the man cave was discovered, furnished with a couch, a flat screen television, a futon and beer cans. Officials also say they found an open can of beer in the refrigerator and an empty can in the garbage. The three employees have all received disciplinary charges and are now suspended without pay. It's unclear if employees used the room while they were on the clock.

A carpenter foreman, an electrical foreman and a wireman were implicated when their names were linked to items in the room including a receipt, personal calendars, a shipping sticker, and the streaming device.

In a statement, the president of Metro-North Railroad, which operates trains at Grand Central, said that what the workers did was "outrageously inappropriate".

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