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James A. Farley Post Office

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Address: 421 8th Ave (between 31st & 33rd St), New York City, NY 10001
Phone Number: 212-967-8585
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Description: A great-columned edifice; as much a post office as a monument to the...
A great-columned edifice; as much a post office as a monument to the vocation of postal carrier.
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Grand Building, but so dirty inside!

We went to post something and went to this grand post office. The building is like a museum, so grand architecturally and just opposite to the round building of Madison Square... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 11, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2015

We went to post something and went to this grand post office. The building is like a museum, so grand architecturally and just opposite to the round building of Madison Square Garden. However, I went in and it is just so dirty and dusty. It has not been cleaned, may be in a decade. There are beautiful green lamp shades... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015

This is about as big as they come for post offices and is worth a look just to admire the architectural qualities of the building. Located opposite Penn station it's easy enough to find. Unless you're particularly interested in seeing a modern post office there's not that much to see inside.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2015

If you are using the US Postal Service to mail a package back home instead of using a private courier or buying another piece of luggage, there are a few things to keep in mind. First, it will be a bit less expensive, but not much. An 8x12x16 inch box will run you approximately $80 to send between the US... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

If anyone has read Going Postal by Terry Pratchett you will remember the motto over the central post office doors. The US Postal Office on 8th Avenue has 'Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds'. Although not the official motto of the US Postal Service [it... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015

Impressive building across from Madison Square Garden & Penn Station with my favorite memory of Operation Santa from Miracle on 34th Street.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2015

This is a very impressive building and does credit to the US Postal Service. It's a real post office, albeit larger than any I have seen, but you can go inside and look around as a tourist too. But do remember, it’s a functioning place of work, not an attraction.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015

The James A. Farley Post Office is a historic landmark in NYC just across from Madison Square Garden and Penn Station. This is the main post office in NYC and represents the unique post code of 10001. Here you will find an imposing building with a massive Corinthian colonnade exterior as well as 20th century architecture interior. The main hall... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

If you remember the movies...."A Miracle on 34th Street" the General Post Office in New York received many letters addressed to Santa Claus. This proved that Santa Claus existed. The building itself is architecturally stunning. It is more like a caste or a palace. It seems like it was built to reflect the grandeur and influence of a New York... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

The James A. Farley Post Office is a stunning building that will delight those with an interest in architecture, history and photography. The building just lends itself to photography and inside is not just a beautiful post office but there is also a little museum, and I do mean little. There is no cost though, and you only need 5... More 

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