USPS Mulls Closing Six Branches in Manhattan
By Ben Fractenberg
MANHATTAN — Through rain, sleet or snow — though maybe not email.
The United States Postal Service announced Tuesday they are considering 3,700 branches across the country for possible closure due a decreased demand created primarily by the Internet.
There are six locations on the possible chopping block: the Port Authority, 26 Federal Plaza Downtown, the Fort Washington branch in Washington Heights, College Station in Manhattanville, a Roosevelt Island branch and the Appraisers Stores branch in Clinton. There are three dozen locations in New York City being considered for closure.
“Today, more than 35 percent of the Postal Service’s retail revenue comes from expanded access locations such as grocery stores, drug stores, office supply stores, retail chains, self-service kiosks, ATMs and usps.com, open 24/7,” said Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe in a statement. “Our customers' habits have made it clear that they no longer require a physical post office to conduct most of their postal business.”
The USPS said they are introducing a “Village Post Office” to replace branches in communities losing their facility.
The Village Post Office would be run by a third party, like a pharmacy, and include services like selling stamps and flat-rate packaging.
There are currently 70,000 third-party retailers across the country, according to the postal service.
There are six branches slated to be considered for closure in New York.