The post office in downtown Valdosta, Georgia will be relocating next year. This is according to reporting in the Valdosta Daily Times. The move is due to restructuring several years ago.
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.
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.
A car has crashed into the post office in Chesapeake, Virginia. At least 7 people were taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries. This is the second time a car has crashed into the post office on North Battlefield Boulevard.
A suspected drunk driver plowed into the post office in Sitka, Alaska. The driver suffered injuries and was taken to the hospital for treatment. The left side of the post office was badly damaged in the incident.
A gas leak was reported at the post office in Greeneville, Tennessee on Monday, January 18. The leak was resolved about one hour after it was reported. The post office was closed at the time for Martin Luther King Day but was open for residents to check their P.O. boxes. Greeneville is the county seat of Greene County in eastern Tennessee.
The post office in Sharpsburg, North Carolina, was temporarily closed after a car plowed into the building. The incident happened Friday, January 11. No one was hurt, but the building did suffer structural damage. Sharpsburg is a small town of about 2,000 people, south of Rocky Mount.
The post office in Lee’s Summit, Missouri, will be permanently relocated starting January 19. The new home is a postal-owned facility at 1404 SW Market Street. Retail hours will remain the same from 8:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. weekdays, and 9:00 A.M. to 2:00 P.M. on Saturdays.
Brides are flocking to a tiny post office in Oregon. In fact, it’s the third smallest post office in the country. The reason: the town is named Bridal Veil and brides want to get a special postmark on their wedding invitations. Find out more from NBC News.
The U.S. Postal Service will be releasing an Elvis Presley forever stamp. Graceland, Elvis’s home in Memphis, Tennessee, will host a first day of issue ceremony on August 12, as part of their Elvis Week celebration. According to Rolling Stone, Elvis is the 6th singer to be part of the postal service’s music icon series, joining Ray Charles, Johnny Cash, Lydia Mendoza, Jimi Hendrix and Janis Joplin.
An underground transformer exploded at the main post office in New Brunswick, New Jersey, causing a fire. People in nearby buildings had to be evacuated. No injuries are reported. This is according to CBS New York.