Three MTA tradesmen allegedly boozed, napped and watched TV inside a secret “man cave” built below the tracks at Grand Central Terminal, according to the MTA’s internal watchdog.
Investigators discovered the lounge complete with futon, flat-screen, microwave and refrigerator behind a sheetrock wall in an unused locksmith shop below Track 114, in the station’s lower level, according to a report by MTA Inspector General Carolyn Pokorny set to be released Thursday.
“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,” Pokorny said.
“Few would have the chutzpah to commandeer a secret room beneath Grand Central Terminal.”
The investigators initially paid a surprised visit to the locksmith shop on Aug. 8, 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.”
The three Metro-North employees a wireman, carpenter foreman and electrical foreman, who were not named due to ongoing disciplinary proceedings denied ever having been in the room.
But Pokorny’s office says they’d left their fingerprints behind, and the evidence they used the underground hangout was “overwhelming.”
There, they found wooden cabinets that appeared to be specifically designed to conceal the TV and futon, along with a pullout cot sitting just outside the room. A half-empty beer sat in the fridge.