New York in New York County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Farley Post Office
— 34th Street district —
I worked as a letter carrier here after serving in WWII. When I first started, the entire city had one postal zone. Mail volume grew over the next 20 years. To make sorting and delivering easier, the USPS created the Zone Improvement program (ZIP). By 1966, a ZIP code was mandatory for every address.
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Originally named the Pennsylvania Terminal Building, the James A. Farley Post Office was designed as a companion to the original Penn Station, demolished in 1964.
”Don’t be a show-off. Never be too proud to turn back. There are old pilots and bold pilots, but no old, bold pilots.”
- E. Hamilton Lee, U.S. airmail pilot, 1918-1927
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Communications. In addition, it is included in the Postal Mail and Philately series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1966.
Location. 40° 45.068′ N, 73° 59.658′ W. Marker is in New York, New York, in New York County. Marker is on Eighth Avenue north of West 31st Street, on the right when travelingTouch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 421 Eighth Avenue,, New York NY 10001, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. 1941 · Honor Roll · 1945 (within shouting distance of this marker); Manhattan Center (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Nikola Tesla (about 600 feet away); Samuel Rea (about 800 feet away); Madison Square Garden (approx. 0.2 miles away); New York Institute for the Blind (approx. 0.2 miles away); William Sloane Memorial Building (approx. 0.2 miles away); Lamartine Place Historic District (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in New York.
Regarding Farley Post Office. The building is listed in the "AIA (American Institute of Architects) Guide to New York City, Fifth Edition".
Also see . . . James A. Farley Building. Wikipedia entry. (Submitted on September 22, 2020, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.)
Credits. This page was last revised on September 22, 2020. It was originally submitted on September 22, 2020, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. This page has been viewed 85 times since then and 23 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10. submitted on September 22, 2020, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.