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#1 Track 61
Running from Grand Central Terminal to The Waldorf Astoria is Track 61, an abandoned train track once used to privately shuttle the more esteemed guests of the Waldorf to and from Grand Central. The track was also famously said to have been used by Franklin Roosevelt during his presidency, to hide the fact that his polio had left him wheelchair-bound. The armored car that was used for both secrecy and protection, still sits there today.
#2 Tunnels Under Columbia University & Buell Hall
Underneath Columbia University is a tunnel system left over from the 1800’s, when the site was Bloomingdale Insane Asylum. Not unlike many other mid 20th century asylums, Bloomingdale’s accrued many reports of patient mistreatment over the years. The tunnels, though not technically open to the public, have been explored throughout the years, much of the time by Columbia’s students. Around 1900, Bloomingdales relocated to White Plains, and most of the original buildings were demolished, however one remains today: Buell Hall.
#3 Brooklyn Bridge Cold War Bunker
Among other rooms beneath the Brooklyn Bridge lies a nuclear fallout bunker from theCold War era. Much like the bridge itself the room is themed with large Gothic-like stone arches, and is 50 feet from floor to ceiling. In the bunker, and timestamped from 1957 and 1962, are supplies such as crackers, water drums, paper blankets, and medication like Dextran (to treat shock). Used briefly for storage and the occasional art exhibit, the bunker was officially closed following 9/11.
#4 Joralemon Street Subway Exit
For years, neighbors had reported vent exhaust coming from the windows–but nobody lives there. Acquired by the MTA in 1908, 58 Joralemon has since been used as subway ventilation, means for MTA workers to get in and out of the subway system, and more recently, an escape route in case of a subway emergency. The house is simply a front for the labyrinth of metal catwalks, starcases, and tunnels that lies behind it. So far as we know.
#5 Radio City Music Hall’s Secret Apartment
This fantastically decorated slice of the past was designed by architects Donald Deskey and Edward Durrell Stone as a gift for Samuel “Roxy” Rothafel. Roxy was the shining star of Radio City Music Hall, and helped it reach the prestigious level of acclaim it now holds. After his death in 1936 the apartment was left unused for decades. The apartment, now known as the “Roxy Suite” is available to hire for special events. It boasts 20 foot gold leaf ceilings and massive velvet drapes, complete with pristinely preserved mid century furnishings. Enjoy your stay.