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General Post Office

US Postal Service, 421 Eighth Avenue, New York City, NY 10199 (Chelsea)
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Ranked #272 of 853 attractions in New York City
Type: Historic Sites
Description: A great-columned edifice; as much a post office as a monument to the vocation of postal carrier.
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Belgrade, Serbia
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257 reviews 257 reviews
231 attraction reviews
110 helpful votes 110 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

In the first days of our stay in New York, we wanted to send some nice post cards from this magnificent city. Happily our hotel "Pennsylvania" was not so far from this representative building,that is, Post Office Building.It is located in 8th Avenue between 31Str and 33Str. In my point of view, the building is beautifully designed and constructed, as... More

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Southport, Australia
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8 reviews 8 reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2014 via mobile

My sister and I had 4 boxes to post to Australia - after we lugged cases up the steps to the main New York Post Office, we started to make up boxes. Eric (bless him) explained to us we were using the wrong ones (fortunately before we had spent half an hour making them up). He then got us the... More

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High Wycombe, United Kingdom
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37 reviews 37 reviews
13 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2013

I know but it is impressive. What more can you say.great looking building inside and out Maybe the staff weren't brilliant but who cares cos I liked the place and my post card made it to Wales a month later.

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Southampton, United Kingdom
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22 reviews 22 reviews
18 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2013

The bus dropped me off right outside, and I had an hour to kill, waiting for a friend to arrive in the area. An interesting place to spend 5-10 minutes, but very little of the building is accessible to the public (and the museum part was closed the Saturday I visited). Certainly don't go out of your way to see... More

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Potter Bar, Herts (near London), England
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2013

This really is a most impressive building and worth a visit inside to see what it has to offer. Everything is on such a grand scale it is hard to believe this is a post office. It is more like a grand exhibition structure.

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Ballston Lake, New York
18 reviews 18 reviews
7 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2012

The waiting line moved very rapidly and the desk person took care of my needs in a very friendly and efficient manner. Would use this Post Office again and it is close to the Hotel.

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queens new york
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2012

The ceiling of the Farley Post Office in Manhattan is a trip into the past as well as a place to buy stamps. It was built in 1912 and opened in 1914, so it was born into a very different world than today. On the ceiling you will find the imperial coats-of-arms of the Empire of Germany, the Empire of... More

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Gravesend, United Kingdom
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24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2012

As this is so close to the hotel, it's worth a look inside. Soak up the atmosphere of the green lamps and wrought iron decor.

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21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2012

what an excellent peice of arcitecture absolutly lovelly building to go and see the inscription on the frount of the building was a true dedication to the workforce.

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Hong Kong, China
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7,210 helpful votes 7,210 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2011

History or architecture buffs will appreciate this giant post office building much more than average visitors to NYC. However with so much to do and see in the city the General Post Office makes for low priority visit for most and is difficult to suggest for targeting. However if you are visiting Penn Station, Madison Square Garden or nearby Macy's,... More

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