7/28/11

Fourth Avenue Post Office (Again) Threatened with Closure

Due to continued losses, the U.S. Postal Service is considering closing five Brooklyn branches as part of 3,700 possible closings nationwide.

Sunset, at 6102 Fifth Avenue in Sunset Park, and Ovington, at 6803 Fourth Avenue in North Bay Ridge, are among the five.

According to the USPS website, customers are increasingly doing business online, by smart phone or at stores, which will doom many of the Post Office's 32,000 branches.

I almost never use Fourth Avenue branch because it's usually not open when I'm around, but I think that for a lot of older people in this end of Bay Ridge, the post office is a regular destination, with postal workers they know and have done business with for years -- so it has a social aspect too.

Maybe younger people are doing their postal business online now, but I doubt that the older customers who use the Fourth Avenue branch have made that transition, or that they could easily make the trek to the Fort Hamilton branch a couple of miles away.

If you want the post office to stay open, there's a number, 1-800-ASK-USPS, you can call and leave a message -- for what it's worth.

The article from L Magazine.

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