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Midtown Workers Mourn Shuttered Post Office After New Replacement Opens

 A brand new post office opened near Madison Square Park on May 20.
Brand new post office opens in Grand Madison building at 225 Fifth Ave.
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FLATIRON — A brand new post office recently opened near Madison Square Park, replacing a Midtown station that was shuttered a few days earlier.

The Greeley post office, located at 39 W. 31st St., closed on May 17 and was relocated to 4 E. 27th Street on May 20, taking its staff with it.

"When construction was completed at the new space, relocating the office was able to be transitioned in a one day turnaround timeframe," said Congetta Chirichello, a spokeswoman for the United States Postal Service.

The brand new post office opened in The Grand Madison building, with a bigger space and a more modern interior, but some locals working in the area said the new location is inconvinient for the Midtown crowd.

“I have to mail packages for work at least three times a week,” said Sayuri Mori, 37, who works near 31st Street. “It’s very inconvenient to travel this far.”

Serra Hirsch, a Carroll Gardens resident who used the post office at 31st Street frequently for her work in Midtown, said although she was happy to see a more modern interior, she missed her old post office.

“I’ve been to a lot of the post offices, but the one on 31st Street was my favorite,” Hirsch said. “It was kind of in a recess, it wasn’t too crowded and something about it was comforting.”

Other residents praised the new location.

“I love it,” said Karen Casamassima, a resident of 29th Street and Sixth Avenue. “It’s beautiful. It’s all the same people from the 31st Street location, and they’ve always been very nice.”

The station was relocated because a new lease at the old location could not be negotiated with the landlord, said Chirichello.

"I can tell you that service will not change," she said. "In fact, customers will continue to receive the same excellent service at the new location from the same postal employees many have come to know by first name."

All services, including passport applications and P.O. Box rentals, have resumed at the new space, but the station still needs a U.S. flag out front to let people know that they’re around, said a staffer who declined to reveal his name.

The station originally tried to put the flag out, but the post was mounted too low so that the flag dragged to the ground, he said.

"We'll have to remount the post if we want to hang the flag," he explained.

The post office at 4 E. 27th St. is open Monday through Fridays, from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. The station is closed on weekends.