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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 January 12, 2016
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Beijing, China
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2016 via mobile

So it's a nice enough building, with a pretty neat facade. But really, it's just a gigantic post office. There are a couple displays scattered around in some lackluster attempt at being tourist-friendly. The ceiling is kind of neat, except the paint on it is peeling pretty badly and the Postal Service doesn't seem to care. If you're waiting for... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2016

This majestic Classical Revival style granite building on 8th Ave between 32nd & 33rd was designed in 1913 by the famous architectural firm of McKim, Mead & White, to complement the [then] newly completed Pennsylvania Station. It was later expanded under James A. Farley whose name it bears today. And yes, it is number one: its ZIP is 10001. But... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2016 via mobile

Walked into the post office expecting to see displays and murals but all I saw were people walking around aimlessly with packages and very unimpressive walls and ceilings.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2016

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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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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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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