Workers suspended after luxury “man cave” found under Grand Central Station

Three rail workers, two of them foremen, have been suspended without pay after an unauthorised breakroom, amply kitted out for leisure, was found in the bowels of Grand Central Station in New York.

Labeled a "man cave" by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s (MTA) inspector general, the room had a futon sofa, a flat-screen TV with an Amazon streaming device, a fridge with beer in it, air conditioning, microwave, workout equipment, hide-a-way beds, and more.

Anonymous tip-offs alerted authorities to the hidey-hole, which was discovered in an unmapped room behind a locked door within a storage room under Track 114.

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.

Beer was found in the fridge of the unmapped room

"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 few would have the chutzpah to commandeer a secret room beneath Grand Central Terminal & make it their very own man-cave, sustained with MTA resources, and maintained at our riders’ expense."

The station’s management told investigators they hadn’t known the storage room existed, let alone the secret room it led onto.

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

Denizens made large wooden boxes that could quickly conceal the furnishings

Rail fire authorities said the space presented health and safety risks.

Employed by Metro-North Railroad (MNR), the three workers have been suspended without pay pending resolution of each of their disciplinary matters.

MNR is also investigating a claim by the MTA inspector that a supervisor lied about an employee’s whereabouts.

Investigators also found that MNR Security failed to act on an initial complaint.

All images courtesy of the MTA’s Office of the Inspector General

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  1. With financial/political leaders of certain operations such as this – islands in the Caribbean, elsewhere, enjoying the fruits of their endeavors behind the curtain of ‘respectability’ never questioned much less reprimanded by legal authorities as examples for the public to follow when opportunity arises, it is truly amazing that these terrible terrible violators of public trust are now being showcased even more then the elites (who are never prosecuted). I guess their downfall with the top officials/courts were the fact that the female ‘undies’ or ‘pipes’ were not present which would have secured a smiley “Don’t do that again without my presence!”. Acts such as these are the true reason our Republic has fallen to the level it has.

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