The Secret Train Station Under New York City
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The Secret Train Station Under New York City

August 12, 2019


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in the description will get $50 off their first two weeks. You’ve heard of the secret train system
in DC, you’ve heard of the secret train platform in London, but have you heard of
the secret train station in New York? I hope not because that’s this week’s
dose of content. Let’s rewind 150 years to the era of not
planes, trains, and not automobiles. In this time, the railroads coming from the
north into New York City ended up at Grand Central Depot. This massive rail yard took up more than a
dozen city-blocks in one of New York’s densest areas and so the owners of the station, the
New York Central Railroad, saw an opportunity. They would put the entire rail yard underground,
build a huge new station, sell all the freed up real estate, and get that bread. 10 years and 85 million cubic feet of dirt
later Grand Central Terminal opened and it was actually pretty neat. It has more tracks and platforms than any
other station in the world and today includes all sort of non-rail related things like a
tennis club in the ceiling which was once run by a certain future US president. The station also had at one point, and this
is true, a 65 foot indoor ski slope. As this implies, Grand Central was long at
the center of American opulence as much of the country’s early wealth was earned by
rail tycoons. Given that, on top of the now buried tracks,
plenty of important buildings sprang up. In the area that was once the rail yards there
is today the headquarters of the Colgate-Palmolive Company, JP Morgan, MetLife, Major League
Baseball, and also the Waldorf Astoria hotel. This hotel has long been considered one of
the world’s most prestigious and has been stayed at by countless celebrities. Up until 2015, when the hotel was bought by
a Chinese company, the Waldorf Astoria was the place where US presidents stayed when
they made their frequent visits to New York. The hotel has a lavish Presidential Suite
that’s been stayed in by every US president between Herbert Hoover and Barack Obama and
non-presidents like the Kings of Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Spain, and Norway, the Queen of England,
the Emperor of Japan, General Charles de Gaulle of France, and more. While it costs the general public between
$4,000 and $8,000 to stay there per night, the hotel gives a generous discount to the
US government and, by extension, the American taxpayer, and the room is even designed to
emulate the style of the White House. Conveniently, the room is also about 500 feet
above the Grand Central Tracks buried more than 100 years ago. Now, back in a time before private jets, the
way that America’s richest and most powerful individuals got around without mingling with
the normals was by private rail car. These would be hitched to the back of public
trains and included dining rooms, kitchens, large bedrooms, lounges, and more. In the same way that US presidential candidates
now often do speeches at airports in front of their planes, in the past candidates would
do whistle-stop tours where they would make short speeches in small towns across America
from the back of private rail-cars. Roosevelt was a particular fan of using these
trains. Due to polio-induced paralysis, the bottom
half of his body didn’t work but he did serve twice as many terms as any other US
president so, equal? Unbelievably though, he was able to hide his
handicap from most of the American public through careful coordination at events and
the cooperation of the press. That’s why whenever he was seen standing
he was holding on to someone or something. Giving speeches from the back of a railcar
was therefore easy as he didn’t have to go far in public. While nowadays presidents fly on Air Force
One to New York, Roosevelt would often make the trip by rail but arriving in Grand Central
Station would be far too public to hide his ailment. His train therefore stopped a third of a mile
short of Grand Central and was shunted to a small secret platform directly below the
Waldorf Astoria hotel. From there, an elevator would take him up
into the hotel. It’s unclear how many times FDR used this
secret station as it was, of course, secret but its believed to have been used by plenty
of presidents and celebrities since his era. The secret platform and elevator still exists
today and, while its existence is no longer secret, we’re not always sure what it’s
being used for. This inconspicuous door on 50th street is
reportedly the entrance to the elevator down to the platform. We do know for sure that the platform has
been used at least once in recent decades while a US president has stayed at the Waldorf
Astoria. In 2003, while President Bush was staying
there for a United Nations General Assembly session, an idling Metro-North train was kept
at this platform ready to shuttle the president off Manhattan at any moment in case of emergency. While not confirmed, it’s assumed that this
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100 Comments

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    The more you look at the half as interesting icon the more it messes with your head

  • Reply 102nomercy December 4, 2018 at 1:26 am

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A5eFc6owgso

  • Reply Charlie e December 4, 2018 at 1:33 am

    This is too much waffle just for a 20 second bit about the secret/hidden train station…so much boredom…

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  • Reply Dtestor December 4, 2018 at 4:55 pm

    Bartlett for America.

  • Reply A. Arda DİLEK December 4, 2018 at 11:02 pm

    Person of interest fans noticed this is the place used in the series

  • Reply Lucas Magno December 4, 2018 at 11:18 pm

    I can't find your video about the "secret London platform" thingy, haven't heard of it.

  • Reply kazoosc December 5, 2018 at 2:41 am

    this goes up next to NYC's City Hall station

  • Reply deadtornado December 5, 2018 at 5:36 am

    Wow… this is TWICE as interesting as the last video.

    Just kidding idk what the last video was. I’m sure it was good though

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  • Reply [insert name] December 6, 2018 at 9:51 am

    Wasn't this the station in amazing Spider-Man 2?

  • Reply Frozen Kebab December 6, 2018 at 9:03 pm

    For some reason I thought it was the city hall station (although not secret so Its just me) still cool though

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  • Reply Patrick Meaden December 11, 2018 at 8:08 pm

    There is no proof that FDR used that car or platform. Also how dare metro north use a roach coach for the president

  • Reply jeremyscharlack December 12, 2018 at 2:24 am

    I thought you were going to talk about the old city hall subway stop, which is sort of a secret out of service stop. But this secret stop under the Waldorf-Astoria is even more interesting and this New Yorker didn't know about it.

  • Reply Menny Grossman December 12, 2018 at 3:48 pm

    loved the video, but the transition couldve been better…

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    "separate but equal"

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  • Reply Spaceorca December 18, 2018 at 5:04 am

    Use metric.

  • Reply Northwest Indiana railfan Productions December 21, 2018 at 6:12 pm

    I am a nerd about trains (look at my channel name)and you thought me stuff

  • Reply Joyce Chen December 22, 2018 at 1:28 am

    not very secret anymore-

  • Reply Dangerous Pillow December 22, 2018 at 5:09 am

    Its not a secret anymore

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  • Reply Evan December 30, 2018 at 12:01 am

    Isn’t the MetLife building where Avengers Tower is in the MCU?

  • Reply Srta.TacoMal December 30, 2018 at 9:38 pm

    On a side note, the Waldorf offers a $125 (IIRC) breakfast buffet. Don’t do it. I’ve done it twice, and the food sucks.

  • Reply ExplodingHam January 4, 2019 at 2:28 am

    it is pronounced DEE-PO

  • Reply Wes8761 January 4, 2019 at 7:21 am

    Wow thats something, is it electrified? Probably via third rail and maybe also cantenary too considering its presidential and they might want a different locomotive

  • Reply [GD] Domolas January 5, 2019 at 2:04 am

    /gamemode spectator

  • Reply Connor White January 11, 2019 at 11:27 am

    China bought the building!?! Damn commies done it again!

  • Reply Krish Bhandari January 13, 2019 at 6:44 pm

    “Depo”

  • Reply Snowgoon January 14, 2019 at 9:02 pm

    I think they used the tracks of this station while filming 'pelham 123' right?

  • Reply Not Me January 16, 2019 at 6:55 am

    Wow one I actually knew. There are quite a few other interesting quirks in the NY Subway worthy of a full series.

  • Reply EstrangedArcher January 17, 2019 at 9:53 pm

    Wasn’t that the platform in the amazing Spider-Man 2

  • Reply hat January 18, 2019 at 12:56 am

    This was in Spiderman!!!!!

  • Reply Adrian Sinanaj January 19, 2019 at 9:34 pm

    fun history lessons? what sorcery is this??

  • Reply Weird Flex But Ok January 20, 2019 at 8:37 pm

    Did someone say New York Gang????

  • Reply Shithead Studios January 21, 2019 at 3:28 pm

    Is your fire alarm going off in the background when you're talking about the tennis court?

  • Reply firefrostcat62 January 25, 2019 at 8:25 am

    not so secret anymore eh?

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    4:38 isn't it supposed to be 50% off not $50

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    Your channel is amazing, really 8nteresting videos

  • Reply mimicotiffany January 31, 2019 at 5:11 pm

    You didn't mention the secret train station in Toronto!

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    3:50 is that the windows Xp main screen saver.

  • Reply Boston Bastard February 7, 2019 at 5:21 am

    I seen this on a show 12 years ago so hows it a secret?

  • Reply Abdoulie Ceesay February 8, 2019 at 12:48 am

    I New York there are A lot of secret Station and your wrong the Subway Began In Lower Manhattan And Climbed up into the Bronx and Went into Brooklyn then Queens A Abandoned Platform is Lower Level Of Bergen Street And 18 Street And Worth Street And The City Hall Loop which the station isnt used In any of these Examples Except for Bergen Street The Track is still used

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    When I first read the title I was like "which one" lol there are a lot of "secret stations" in NYC

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  • Reply Kurt Cobain March 14, 2019 at 4:37 am

    Talking about that place in Spider-Man in the spiderverse

  • Reply Mark Lawless March 21, 2019 at 7:55 pm

    I definitely thought that this was going to be about the abandoned city hall station, but this was way cooler!

  • Reply Comrade Charlotte March 22, 2019 at 12:29 am

    guessing before vid: this is about that secret platform under the waldorf-astoria

    well shit I wanted to be surprised

  • Reply AlekWheeler March 28, 2019 at 5:22 pm

    Omg that Jed Bartlett reference at 2:06

  • Reply Used2B March 28, 2019 at 9:20 pm

    Ive been to the waldorf hastoria. Everything smells of chocolate. $25 for a grilled sandwich though! Im from the Uk so if im being a cheapskate then please tell me

  • Reply Andy Madden March 29, 2019 at 4:29 pm

    The MetLife building is the former Pan Am Building.

  • Reply Centredoorplugs Thornton April 1, 2019 at 7:44 am

    The main reason to move Grand Central underground was to electrify it per city and state orders. Smoke from steam locomotives blocked signal lights, leading to major collisions in Grand Central.

  • Reply Pierce April 4, 2019 at 10:07 pm

    What's the secret station in London?

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  • Reply Noah'sKnowledgeCenter April 13, 2019 at 10:42 pm

    2:07 I got that west wing reference.

  • Reply M T April 14, 2019 at 7:41 pm

    1:40
    That place is probably bugged to hell and back

  • Reply Abi M April 20, 2019 at 7:17 pm

    Xoxo Gossip Girl

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  • Reply Planespotting Nürnberg May 12, 2019 at 9:51 am

    0:40 Just like what they do in Stuttgart now.

  • Reply Alla Soiko May 12, 2019 at 10:51 am

    Amazingly

  • Reply DJ Deviant Jehuty May 12, 2019 at 10:49 pm

    Is the background music at 1:20 scored from Final Fight?

  • Reply Soleon May 23, 2019 at 2:25 am

    assuming the U.S. government can AFFORD those crazy expensive rooms, WHY on EARTH is the hotel GIVING THEM A DISCOUNT ON TOP OF THAT

    EAT THE RICH

  • Reply NCrailfan 252 May 27, 2019 at 4:48 pm

    Somthing tells me that if Joe Biden is elected he will use the station all the time .

  • Reply Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious Videos May 30, 2019 at 8:03 pm

    ONLY IN NYC

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    The spider man moves

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  • Reply Matthew Geer June 29, 2019 at 3:37 am

    Getting to Washington DC to Grand Central Station has to require a circuitous route. Penn Station would be much easier to get to, as it's directly connected to the Hudson River tunnels that allow easy rail access to points south.

  • Reply Origen17 July 4, 2019 at 8:05 pm

    You forgot to list Obama under the non-Presidents list… since he wasn't legitimately elected, having forged his birth certificate (or having it done for him, rather, probably by the CIA, and very sloppily at that), nothing he signed is legitimate. unlike Trump, of course, who was legitimately elected despite massive opposition by the powers that be/were.

  • Reply Mark Garin July 7, 2019 at 4:55 pm

    The Waldorf Astoria is owned by the Chinese and American Presidents still stay there? That's retarded.

  • Reply mounkeyboy99 July 8, 2019 at 4:06 pm

    Why do our politicians live so extravagantly

  • Reply Gaming Champ July 10, 2019 at 8:51 am

    1:34 S K I D D I N G S K I D D O N G Y O U R T E R R I T O R Y I S N O W C H I N G C H O N G

  • Reply The Dancing Hyena July 11, 2019 at 8:34 pm

    who, that shithole president? The pedophile? The felon?

  • Reply Elias Papadimas July 11, 2019 at 8:59 pm

    Imagine paying $8000 a night with a butler included only to bitch that you didn't get your 250 bonus points upon check in. And that's how hotels work

  • Reply TransportNY July 12, 2019 at 3:24 am

    FDR used that platform exactly 0 times

  • Reply Voltaic Fire July 12, 2019 at 6:02 pm

    Living in a private rail car sounds pretty damn sweet, except for postal and Internet access.

  • Reply Mr.NaughtyPants July 16, 2019 at 12:33 pm

    Funny in the end, this video turns into a commercial. That's how they get you now.

  • Reply lonelyPorterCH July 18, 2019 at 12:13 pm

    Cooking? Whats cooking, how does this work? ;P

  • Reply Carl Yaeger July 19, 2019 at 3:34 am

    Is that Bartlet in the Waldorf-Astoria? Brilliant!

  • Reply Ben Stahr July 21, 2019 at 10:40 am

    Well, now we know wher Kim Jon Un still stays if he should ever be invited to visit the United States^^. Just need to build a railway bridge across the bering strait first.

  • Reply Tenthrone July 25, 2019 at 2:09 pm

    This is really cool, I thought this would be about the old city hall station

  • Reply Ameha K July 25, 2019 at 9:49 pm

    King Jofe Jafa and Prince Akim Jafa also stayed at the Waldorf-Astoria hotel.

  • Reply Night bot July 27, 2019 at 2:47 am

    Reads title* bro do you mean a subway

  • Reply Cat July 29, 2019 at 1:31 am

    The fact that the chinese government can buy out American companies makes me sick. I guarantee the chinese communist party is planning something huge to "dethrone" America

  • Reply DARTrider July 29, 2019 at 2:32 pm

    why did you say depot wrong. this is how you pronounce it: Dee-Po

  • Reply Comrade Stalin July 31, 2019 at 7:08 am

    Secrets: exist
    HAI: imma end this man's whole career

  • Reply Jady August 1, 2019 at 8:57 am

    Don't forget the unused tube station in London

  • Reply KPX 1138 August 1, 2019 at 2:29 pm

    @1:21 It’s called the “Colgate-Palmolive”, NOT the “Colgate-Pamalev”!

  • Reply Kat Nicolette August 2, 2019 at 2:57 am

    I didn’t know that eating made me less visible in public 😂

  • Reply The republic of everland August 8, 2019 at 6:18 pm

    HAI:"you've heard of the sercet platform in london
    Harry:how did you know?

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