NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – According to an internal investigation, at least three MTA employees have converted a warehouse at Grand Central Terminal into a “man’s cave”.
They could be fired after the best kept secret in Grand Central is discovered.
Investigators discovered the so-called “man’s cave” under the tracks, hidden from the hustle and bustle of the busy transport hub.
According to the MTA Inspector General’s Office, the room had a futon sofa, large flat screen television with streaming capabilities, a refrigerator, microwave, air conditioning, workout equipment, and more. again, including an open can of beer.
LINK: Read the full report of the inspector general (.pdf)
The Inspector General’s report says the overdue employees included a wireman, a carpenter foreman, and an electrical foreman.
The MTA called it an unauthorized relaxation room hidden at the north end of platform 144.
“The employees who have been involved work the night shift, but this is an unauthorized break space, unknown to their supervision and completely unacceptable, and behavior that is outrageous and something I am very angry about,” said Catherine Rinaldi , president of Metro-Nord.
Rinaldi says it was a back room in a blacksmith’s warehouse.
“Just a completely inappropriate and unacceptable use of their time,” he said.
The inspector general says he made an unannounced visit to the storage area in August 2019 after Metro-North officials failed to investigate complaints about workers using the space to “get out, get drunk and party” .
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The MTA said that soon after the room was discovered, they checked hundreds of doors, hundreds of offices, to make sure there wasn’t another room like that. They found nothing else.
“Many New Yorkers have fantasized about relaxing with a cold beer on a major piece of Manhattan real estate, especially one this close to good transportation,” said MTA Inspector General Carolyn Pokorny. “But few would have the nerve to commandeer a secret room under Grand Central Terminal and make it their own human cave, backed by MTA resources and maintained at the expense of our knights.”
Investigators say the three MTA employees denied ever being in the room but the day they left their fingerprints.
They also left receipts, streaming devices, personal calendars and exercise equipment.
Investigators were told that the room contained “sensitive supplies”.
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Commuters who say they’ve dealt with lackluster services for years say if that’s true, be ashamed.
“They’re out and about and they should be working, that’s not fair,” a commuter told CBS2’s Jessica Layton.
“We’re paying money to get you to do your job right, and you hang around, relax. It’s not okay,” said another commuter.
The three workers were suspended without pay.
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