Brownstone Brooklyn spared in postal service cutbacks

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So much for the feds going postal on your mail service.

After several weeks of relentless blog and other media coverage of the impending doom on Brooklyn post office customers, none of the supposedly endangered postal stations in Park Slope, Bay Ridge, Dyker Heights or Red Hook is on the final list of locations that will be studied by the United States Postal Service for consolidation or closure.

Park Slope residents were the most pleased by the news, given that the neighborhood’s 11215 ZIP code has three retail locations — a main post office on Ninth Street, plus satellite locations on Seventh Avenue and Prospect Park West in Windsor Terrace.

The closest branches to Brownstone Brooklyn that will be studied are the Sunset station at Fifth Avenue and 61st Street in Sunset Park, the Halsey station on MacDonough Street near Broadway in Bedford-Stuyvesant and the Highlawn station on W. Sixth Street near Quentin Road in Gravesend.

Last week, postal union officials sought to generate public outcry by suggesting that many retail locations across Brooklyn would be closed due to declining revenues of the United States Postal Service, whose debt is the billions due to ongoing competition from e-mail and other forms of instant communication and document delivery.

And on Wednesday, local postal workers union president Jim Musumeci was still sounding the alarm.

“I still think there’s a good possibility that [two Park Slope locations] can be closed down,” he said. “There are three offices within the ZIP code, and the post office keeps making these decisions pretty much like I change my socks, which is every day.”

Updated 7:54 pm, August 12, 2009: Story was updated to include a fresh union comment.
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Tony from Clinton Hill says:
Good ol' PO. When I read the articles about potential closings, I tried all the links to access the list of potential closings. Know what? The USPS site was down. Surprise, surprise.
Aug. 4, 2009, 12:28 pm

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