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Track 61

This article tells all about the mysterious Track 61 in the New York City subway system. In addition, when you click the "listen" button, you can hear the passage while it highlights the text.

Franklin D. Roosevelt

Track 61

The sprawling New York City metro system is one of the largest and most traveled in the world. But within the bowels of the great subway system exist miles and miles of abandoned tracks and several abandoned stations.

A Invisible Means of Transportation in New York City

Track 61 was a railway platform for the Metro-North Railroad that ran beneath the famous Waldorf Astoria hotel next to Grand Central Terminal in the middle of the city. It originally served as a storage area for the city's railroad cars. Because of its ideal location next the Waldorf Astoria and Grand Central Station, Track 61 was used as a means to secretly transport prominent visitors. According to legend, it was first used by President Franklin D. Roosevelt as a means to privately transport his car from the station to the indoor parking lot of the Waldorf Astoria. In addition, Roosevelt was believed to have utilized Track 61 to get back and forth to the hotel without being seen in public and to hide to his deteriorating condition resulting from Polio. In 1965, the famous pop artist Andy Warhol is said to have hosted a private party on the platform. Many years later, Track 61 was used by President George W. Bush to travel to and from meetings that were held in the Waldorf hotel. Countless other rumors of its uses exist.

Is it Still in Use?

Nowadays, the station appears to be in complete disrepair and is closed to the public. An old car of the train still sits at the station and the tracks are covered in a thick layer of dirt. Many insist that Track 61 is still in use, because of the supposed presence of an "unmarked" door at the street level of the Waldorf-Astoria that supposedly leads down to the train station.

 

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