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A Look Inside Track 61, The Secret Train Platform Under The Waldorf-Astoria: Gothamist

A Look Inside Track 61, The Secret Train Platform Under The Waldorf-Astoria: Gothamist

Secret Train Platform Beneath the Waldorf Astoria  Known as Track 61, this secret train platform was once used to discreetly transport elite passengers, including Franklin D. Roosevelt among others, from Grand Central into the Waldorf Astoria Hotel. The clandestine track has a rich history, being used for the first time by General Pershing in 1938, and then later serving as the venue for Andy Warhol’s “Underground Party” in 1965.

Secret Train Platform Beneath the Waldorf Astoria Known as Track 61, this secret train platform was once used to discreetly transport elite passengers, including Franklin D. Roosevelt among others, from Grand Central into the Waldorf Astoria Hotel. The clandestine track has a rich history, being used for the first time by General Pershing in 1938, and then later serving as the venue for Andy Warhol’s “Underground Party” in 1965.

In which we finally get to see the famous secret train platform beneath the Waldorf-Astoria, also known as Track 61, and used by the likes of FDR.

In which we finally get to see the famous secret train platform beneath the Waldorf-Astoria, also known as Track 61, and used by the likes of FDR.

91st Street - You can see the station while riding the 1 train (and the 2/3 if no other trains are in the way) between 86th and 96th Streets. But even as far back as 1999, the New York Times reported that “the walls are begrimed with thick 1970’s-style graffiti.”

91st Street - You can see the station while riding the 1 train (and the 2/3 if no other trains are in the way) between 86th and 96th Streets. But even as far back as 1999, the New York Times reported that “the walls are begrimed with thick 1970’s-style graffiti.”

Court Street - A train of Independent Subway cars stopped at Court St on a fan trip in May 1974, two years before the Transit Museum opened.

Court Street - A train of Independent Subway cars stopped at Court St on a fan trip in May 1974, two years before the Transit Museum opened.

remnants of the Jerome/Anderson Avenue train station - Ninth Ave el - Bronx, NY, Feb 20, 2011

remnants of the Jerome/Anderson Avenue train station - Ninth Ave el - Bronx, NY, Feb 20, 2011

People take photos at water filling the Bowling Green subway station in Battery Park in New York on October 30, 2012 as New Yorkers cope with the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. Description from huffingtonpost.com. I searched for this on bing.com/images

People take photos at water filling the Bowling Green subway station in Battery Park in New York on October 30, 2012 as New Yorkers cope with the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. Description from huffingtonpost.com. I searched for this on bing.com/images

Bowery Northbound Platform - Today, Bowery’s other platform is little more than a cavern; a graffiti-mecca and shelter for the bored down-and-outs on Manhattan’s notorious skid row. It’s still accessible, but perhaps not the most-advisable place to hang around in after dark.

Bowery Northbound Platform - Today, Bowery’s other platform is little more than a cavern; a graffiti-mecca and shelter for the bored down-and-outs on Manhattan’s notorious skid row. It’s still accessible, but perhaps not the most-advisable place to hang around in after dark.

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