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Friday, August 14, 2009

Seven Bronx Post Offices Could Close

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The US Postal Service is considering closing 677 post offices nationwide, in an effort to correct a $7 billion deficit. Fourteen of these locations are in New York City, seven of which are in the Bronx. (Click on the envelopes above for branch names and street addresses).

A final decision will be made in October, according to the USPS.

Congressman Jose E. Serrano told The Times last week he was deeply concerned. But what do you think? Do you frequent any of the post offices on the endangered list? Are they usually crowded, or could you hear a pin drop? How important is your post office to your neighborhood?

Threats, earlier this year, to close locations in Soho and Washington Heights led to protests from local residents. So far, we haven’t heard of anything similar in the Bronx, though the Bedford Mosholu Community Association and the BoogieDowner blog have started a petition to stop the axing of the Botanical branch on Webster Avenue. More here.

According to some articles (but not others), an eighth Bronx post office - The Hub at 633 St. Ann's Ave. - could also be closed. We'll try and get clarification on that.


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