Three railroad staff constructed a ‘man cave’ below New York’s Grand Central Terminal


The room was furnished with a wall-mounted TV linked to a streaming machine, a futon sofa, fridge, air mattress, and microwave, in line with a report launched Thursday by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority Inspector Carolyn Pokorny.

“Many a New Yorker has fantasized about kicking again with a chilly beer in a major piece of Manhattan actual estate– particularly one this near good transportation,” Pokorny stated in an internet assertion. “However few would have the chutzpah to commandeer a secret room beneath Grand Central Terminal & make it their very personal man-cave sustained with MTA assets, and maintained at our riders’ expense.”

The Workplace of the Inspector Basic (OIG) discovered:
— a half-consumed beer within the fridge and an empty can within the trash

— a transparent plastic bag crammed with sheets and a comforter

— a cupboard in a locksmith store storage space that hid a pullout cot

Just outside the room, the report said there was a cabinet in the exterior locksmith shop storage area that concealed a
pullout cot.

The MTA stated there may be an amazing quantity of proof that three Metro- North Railroad staff: a wireman, a carpenter foreman and {an electrical} foreman used the unauthorized break room a number of instances. It is unclear if staff used the room whereas they had been on the clock.

The refrigerator appears to be Metro-North Railroad property, according to the report, because Grand Central Terminal management confirmed that the refrigerator was the type MNR would buy for GCT.

All three people had been suspended with out pay till their disciplinary hearings, MTA’s report stated.

The room was anonymously reported final yr

The Workplace of the MTA Inspector Basic stated it acquired an nameless criticism in February 2019 in regards to the room. That criticism described the identical three particular staff would “hang around and get drunk and occasion.” A second, related criticism was made in late June 2019.

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It is unclear when the unauthorized break room was first created and the way lengthy it had been in use.

These complaints had been handed to the Metro- North Railroad Safety Division for investigation, in line with MTA’s report, however the Workplace of the MTA Inspector Basic discovered throughout its investigation that the complaints had been by no means checked out additional.

“The habits described within the IG’s report is outrageously inappropriate and isn’t in step with Metro-North’s values and the dedication that we’ve to offering secure, dependable and cost-efficient service to our prospects,” stated Metro-North Railroad President Catherine Rinaldi.

Grand Central Station administration informed investigators they did not know the room even existed, not to mention that it was a locksmith storage room, in line with the report. Officers stated the wiring of the TV and the streaming machine created a possible fireplace hazard and that “the MNR Fireplace Brigade considers an unmapped room for which nobody seems to have the important thing to be very harmful.”

“The dangers related to staff hiding in that room with the door locked create a wide range of hazards together with the shortcoming of rescue personnel to shortly entry the room.”


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