James Farley Post Office


James Farley Post Office


The James A. Farley Post Office Building is the main post office building in New York City. Its ZIP code designation is 10001. Built in 1912, the building is famous for bearing the inscription: Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds. In 1982, the post office was officially designated The James A. Farley Building, as a monument and testament to the political career of the nation's 53rd Postmaster General.

Upon opening in 1914 it was named the Pennsylvania Terminal. In July 1918, the building was renamed the General Post Office, and in 1982, renamed once more as the James A. Farley Building. James Farley was the 53rd Postmaster General and served from 1933 to 1940. He died in 1976. The building has its own railroad platform in Penn Station.

The Farley Building was instrumental to maintaining service levels in the New York City area following the 9/11 attacks when it served as a back up to operations for the Church Street Station Post Office located across the street from the World Trade Center complex. Advances in automated mail processing technology, coupled with adjustments to postal distribution and transportation networks now make it feasible to absorb associated mail volumes at the Morgan Center.

The James Farley Post Office is being adaptively reused and converted to house a new concourse for New Jersey Transit. The New Jersey Transit facility within the historic Farley Post Office will be named the Daniel Patrick Moynihan Station. Beyond retail lobby services, other postal operations that would remain in the building will include express Mail, mail delivery, truck platforms, and a stamp depository. Administrative offices for the Postal Service's New York District will also be headquartered within Farley and Operation Santa Claus will remain at the landmark post office.


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Source: James A. Farley Post Office. (2010, August 31). Post Office World. Retrieved February 11, 2012, from http://bit.ly/Wkcz8g


General Post Office (New York)


General Post Office (New York)


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H. Finkelstein & Son, James Farley Post Office, General Post Office (New York), 1910-1920

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H. Finkelstein & Son, “James Farley Post Office,” Virtual Museum of Public Service, accessed August 20, 2022, https://vmps.omeka.net/items/show/72.