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James A. Farley Post Office

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Address: 421 8th Ave (between 31st & 33rd St), New York City, NY 10001
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A great-columned edifice; as much a post office as a monument to the...

A great-columned edifice; as much a post office as a monument to the vocation of postal carrier.

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I passed but didn't look in the James A Farley Post Office the last time I was in New York. This time I made sure I didn't miss it again. There isn't a lot to see inside - it only... read more

Reviewed 10 October 2015
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Reviewed 10 October 2015

I passed but didn't look in the James A Farley Post Office the last time I was in New York. This time I made sure I didn't miss it again. There isn't a lot to see inside - it only takes a minute to appreciate the architecture and a few minutes to appreciate the detailing and small displays of post... More 

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Leeds, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 21 September 2015 via mobile

Probably not worth a detour but if you are wandering from the Empire State and Madison Square Garden like we were it is worth a photo opp

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Sydney
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 August 2015

We went to post something and went to this grand post office. The building is like a museum, so grand architecturally and just opposite to the round building of Madison Square Garden. However, I went in and it is just so dirty and dusty. It has not been cleaned, may be in a decade. There are beautiful green lamp shades... More 

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Singapore, Singapore
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Reviewed 22 June 2015

This is about as big as they come for post offices and is worth a look just to admire the architectural qualities of the building. Located opposite Penn station it's easy enough to find. Unless you're particularly interested in seeing a modern post office there's not that much to see inside.

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Kendal, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 10 May 2015

If anyone has read Going Postal by Terry Pratchett you will remember the motto over the central post office doors. The US Postal Office on 8th Avenue has 'Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds'. Although not the official motto of the US Postal Service [it... More 

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New York City, New York
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Reviewed 18 April 2015

Impressive building across from Madison Square Garden & Penn Station with my favorite memory of Operation Santa from Miracle on 34th Street.

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East Riding of Yorkshire, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 7 February 2015

This is a very impressive building and does credit to the US Postal Service. It's a real post office, albeit larger than any I have seen, but you can go inside and look around as a tourist too. But do remember, it’s a functioning place of work, not an attraction.

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Hong Kong, China
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Reviewed 14 January 2015

The James A. Farley Post Office is a historic landmark in NYC just across from Madison Square Garden and Penn Station. This is the main post office in NYC and represents the unique post code of 10001. Here you will find an imposing building with a massive Corinthian colonnade exterior as well as 20th century architecture interior. The main hall... More 

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New York City, New York
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Reviewed 11 August 2014

If you remember the movies...."A Miracle on 34th Street" the General Post Office in New York received many letters addressed to Santa Claus. This proved that Santa Claus existed. The building itself is architecturally stunning. It is more like a caste or a palace. It seems like it was built to reflect the grandeur and influence of a New York... More 

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Hervey Bay, Australia
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Reviewed 11 August 2014

The James A. Farley Post Office is a stunning building that will delight those with an interest in architecture, history and photography. The building just lends itself to photography and inside is not just a beautiful post office but there is also a little museum, and I do mean little. There is no cost though, and you only need 5... More 

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