Friday, February 21, 2014
After nearly a year of speculation, the day is upon us (without much notice): The Peter Stuyvesant Post Office closes for good today at 1 p.m.
EVG reader EVJenn shared this sign hanging in the lobby from yesterday … where there was "hysteria abounding"…
The branch here on East 14th Street near Avenue A will be open tomorrow JUST for P.O. Box customers… and the new location will be open Monday at 333 E. 14th St., the former Duane Reade that the USPS is leasing JUST for retail services, such as stamp sales and P.O. boxes. (EVG regular Ken from Ken's Kitchen has pointed out that large parcel services will operate out of the F.D.R. Station at East 54th Street and Third Avenue. Convenient!)
[Photo from Feb. 12]
Initially, word was that the USPS was unable to come to terms on a new lease with the building's owner. However, a rep for the owner, Benenson Capital Partners, told the Town & Village blog and the Save the Post Office blog that it was actually the USPS's decision to leave because of a desire to downsize.
Last fall, the Stuyvesant Stationery shop next door to the post office at 432 E. 14th St. lost its lease and closed. So they'll be some space here for some kind of new development.
Previously on EV Grieve:
UPDATED: Did you hear the rumor about the Peter Stuyvesant Post Office branch closing?
Report: Closure of the Peter Stuyvesant Post Office is pretty much a done deal
Today in rants: the Peter Stuyvesant Post Office
Meanwhile, at everyone's favorite local post office branch...
Reader mailbag: What has happened to the Cooper Station Post Office?