FDR Post Office, Manhattan Review

When to Go:

The FDR Post Office at 909 Third Avenue in midtown Manhattan is usually quite busy. Sometimes the line for the main windows on the 2nd floor can stretch 2 dozen people deep. You can wait as long as 30-45 minutes on regular occasions, especially around lunchtime and around 5pm. In my experience, the best time to go to this post office is in the morning, before 9 am. The post office opens at 8 am Monday-Friday and 9:00 am on Saturday. Typically, there will only be a handful of people in line before 9 am on any given weekday. Of course, long and complicated transactions are common at this post office, including bulk and overseas mailings.

The Experience:

There are about 20 available windows. However, only about 3-8 of them are used at any given time. Also, 1 window is usually dedicated to passports only and a second window is dedicated to held mail. These windows can hold up the line a bit, especially since a passport application takes a while to process. A clerk usually patrols the line as well, asking customers what they are mailing and telling them they can use the machines. There are ample automated postal machines, including 3 on the main level and 3 in a foyer next to the entrance to the post office. A separate postal store and post office boxes are located on the ground floor. Entrance is through a revolving door. Pictures of old stamps and sculptures adorn the entrance hall, on either side of the escalator.


The post office is on Third Avenue, in the heart of Manhattan’s East Side, between 54th and 55th streets. A subway stop serving the E, M and 6 trains is a block away.

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