James A. Farley Post Office

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James A. Farley Post Office

James A. Farley Post Office
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A great-columned edifice; as much a post office as a monument to the vocation of postal carrier.
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Neighborhood: Hudson Yards
How to get there
  • 34th St – Penn Station • 3 min walk
  • 34th St – Penn Station • 5 min walk
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Thomas V
Oakland, CA12,651 contributions
Nov 2021
It's now the train station! Yes Amtrak has taken over the huge midtown post office and transformed it into a hall where you await your train. It's brand new and in beautiful shape. Come and see it before it gets old and dirty! Works well as a train station, but not a lot of activity.
Written December 4, 2021
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Vinrav
Kendal, UK35 contributions
Jan 2015 • Couples
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 was the architects doing] it gave me the minds picture of Pratchett's Post Office in Going Postal. A large building with beautiful exterior and interior almost being left behind in the 21st Century with hardly any letters being sent now days.
Worth a visit just for the architecture and the history.
Written May 10, 2015
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Luvs2TravelAnywhere
New York City, NY6,683 contributions
Apr 2015 • Friends
Impressive building across from Madison Square Garden & Penn Station with my favorite memory of Operation Santa from Miracle on 34th Street.
Written April 18, 2015
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799jmartin
New York City, NY33 contributions
Aug 2014 • Friends
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 City and United States of another era. It is really good to see. It is free. It is so convenient to walk into since it is right next to Pennsylvania Station where there are many subway connections as well as trains to New Jersey.

The exterior is magnificent. Even if you walk inside it is breathtaking to see how high the ceilings are.

I have created a YouTube video to better show people how the General Post office looks from the outside and what the surrounding buildings and streets are like.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NJmL0MX5m-s
Written August 11, 2014
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Wacky the Wizard
Potter Bar, Herts (near London), England550 contributions
Aug 2012 • Couples
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.
Written January 27, 2013
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Jeff P
East Riding of Yorkshire, UK2,044 contributions
Aug 2014 • Solo
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.
Written February 7, 2015
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BradJill
Hong Kong, China146,590 contributions
Jan 2015 • Couples
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 ceiling in particularly is interesting to see. Lastly, there is a Museum of Postal History within the building that some might find interesting.

In the end, this is not a priority attraction unless you are specifically seeking out historic buildings in the city. We'd suggest paying visit if you happen to be passing by the area or if you are waiting for a train departure at Penn Station and have some extra time to kill. You can comfortably visit in 15 minutes and its just across the street.
Written January 14, 2015
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1310Traveller
Melbourne, Australia14 contributions
Apr 2014 • Friends
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 right ones as well as told us what to fill in and which line to go to. Whole experience was pleasant and we gave Eric grateful feedback to his boss. Having sent a box each in Harlem Post Office the day before - where it was hell - service was abysmal and attitude worse. If you need to send international mail in New York - go to the main Post Office.
Written April 26, 2014
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Welshboy64
High Wycombe, UK50 contributions
May 2013 • Couples
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.
Written August 23, 2013
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bayswater
queens new york78 contributions
Jul 2012 • Friends
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 Russia, the Empire of Austria-Hungary and other kingdoms of Old Europe (some of which are still with us, such as the United Kingdom). Whenever I have shown these to friends, even if they have lived all their lives in New York, every one of them has marveled at it, never having a clue that there is a history lesson right there, on the ceiling of New York's General Post Office.
Written November 4, 2012
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