Like the rest of Grand Central, the Campbell Apartment serves as a testament to the grandiosity of another era. But this testament is one that can be imbibed. If appropriately attired, enter a room resplendent from paraphernalia of the past and sip on cocktails from the fin de siÃ¨cle in this virtual museum to the opulence of New Yorkâ€™s high society of the past.
Though it did have a kitchen and butler, this was once the office, not apartment, of tycoon John C. Campbell. President of the Credit Clearing House, Campbell rented the space to be closer to the hub of the New York Central Railroad (Cornelius Vanderbiltâ€™s train empire), of which he was a major stockholder. Rumor has it that he used to sit behind the massive desk (that to this day takes up much of one side of the gorgeous 25 by 60 foot room) half nude, as he detested wrinkles in his trousers. The Campbell Apartment deteriorated drastically after its namesake vacated it in the â€˜50s, and like everything else in the terminal, it fell on hard times. Metro North claimed the space as first a signalmenâ€™s headquarters and later a police station, temporarily detaining criminals in what was once Campellâ€™s wine cellar and storing their firearms in his curio cabinet. It was restored to its original glory in the late â€˜90s, and is an excellent place to get a real taste of the decadence of Grand Centralâ€™s past.
Grand Central Station also holds a tennis court, a top secret room, and a secret railway line that is only used when the President is in town.Â