Inside the Hidden 'Man Cave' That Workers Built Below Grand Central Tracks | 22 Words

An incredible discovery has been unearthed under New York's Grand Central Terminal...

And it is totally and utterly mind-boggling.

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Last year, inspectors paid a surprise visit to an underground "man cave" that rail workers had secretly built under the infamous terminal.

The whole point of the underground den was for these workers to have a space to kick back, relax...

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And enjoy a nap, a spot of television, and a beer or two.

However, their genius plan was foiled by an MTA internal watchdog...

And now, the photos of the man cave have been released for the whole world to see (or marvel at...).

Now, New York's Grand Central Terminal is one of the country's busiest transport hubs.

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And, having been built back in 1871, it is one of the oldest too.

Hundreds of thousands of people use the station every single day...

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Around 750,000, to be precise.

So, of course, many of you may be wondering just how exactly an underground man cave could have been built...

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Without anyone noticing?

Well, let me tell you, these crafty rail workers managed it...

But, sadly, their inventive plan was rumbled in August last year.

According to a report by MTA Inspector General Carolyn Pokorny...

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Investigators discovered the lounge behind a plasterboard wall in an unused locksmith shop below Track 114, in the station’s lower level.

The man cave was complete with a refrigerator...

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Which was stocked with refreshments such as cranberry juice and beer. Of course.

There was also a flat-screen TV...

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Where it was believed that workers had watched movies using an array of nearby wifi connections and an Amazon streaming device.

The streaming device had the carpenter foreman’s mobile hotspot on its list of available Wi-Fi networks...

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And was registered to the electrical foreman — whose name was also on a pull-up bar box and two 2018 datebooks found in the room, the IG said.

There was also a pull-out bed...

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Perfect for a busy shift.

However, the man cave's intentions weren't all so innocent.

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Metro-North officials had failed to investigate 2 previous complaints about workers using the space to “hang out, get drunk, and party."


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The 3 Metro-North employees - a wireman, carpenter foreman, and electrical foreman - denied ever having been in the room.

But Pokorny’s office says they’d left their fingerprints behind...

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And the evidence that they used the underground hangout was “overwhelming."

The wireman initially admitted to being in the room with the electrical foreman while receiving overtime pay.

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However, he later retracted this claim.

Meanwhile, Grand Central Terminal management claims to have had no idea that the man cave even existed.

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Officials “were not aware that the storage room existed and did not know which employees had keys to the storage room," Pokorny said.

In a statement, railroad Rresident, Cathy Rinaldi called the secret man cave “outrageously inappropriate"...

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And stressed that it is “not consistent with Metro-North’s values."

Finally, Pokorny said on the man cave:

"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. But few with 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."

All 3 men - who still deny the allegations - have been suspended without pay, and face potential termination, Rinaldi said.

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