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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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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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A piece of history and movies (Miracle on 34th St.)

It is certainly the largest and nicest post office I’ve ever seen! We had an hour to kill as we waited for our train to D.C. from Penn Station. I walked around for a bit and saw... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 4 weeks ago
Daniel A
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Beijing, China

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It is certainly the largest and nicest post office I’ve ever seen! We had an hour to kill as we waited for our train to D.C. from Penn Station. I walked around for a bit and saw this incredible building that took what seemed to be 2-3 city blocks. It was the post office and there in huge letters was... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2015

I passed but didn't look in the James A Farley Post Office the last time I was in New York. This time I made sure I didn't miss it again. There isn't a lot to see inside - it only takes a minute to appreciate the architecture and a few minutes to appreciate the detailing and small displays of post... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2015 via mobile

Probably not worth a detour but if you are wandering from the Empire State and Madison Square Garden like we were it is worth a photo opp

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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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New York City, New York
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015 via mobile

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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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London, United Kingdom
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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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East Riding of Yorkshire, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 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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