Earlier this month, Williamsburg’s old zip code region, 11211, was divided in two. But the neighborhood got no new post office to go along with this split. In fact, the United States Postal Service is now considering closing five of its branches in Brooklyn, part of 3,700 potential closings around the country. “In fiscal year 2010, the Postal Service suffered a $8.5 billion net loss, compared to a loss of $3.8 billion the prior year,” CNN Money reports. “Last quarter, the U.S. Postal Service posted a loss of $2.2 billion.”
“Our customer’s habits have made it clear they no longer require a physical post office to conduct most of their postal business,” the postal service declares on its website. “More and more of them are choosing to conduct their postal business online, on their smart phone and at their shopping destinations. And that means the need for us to maintain nearly 32,000 retail offices has diminished.”
The five post offices are:
+ Restoration Plaza (1360 Fulton St.), in Bedford Stuyvestant
+ Municipal Finance (210 Joralemon St.), in Downtown Brooklyn
+ Sunset (6102 Fifth Ave.), in Sunset Park
+ Ovington (6803 Fourth Ave.), on Bay Ridge’s northern border
+ Brighton Finance (3157 Coney Island Ave.), in Brighton Beach
It looks like the people hardest hit here would be those who live around the Bay Ridge-Sunset Park border; though Sunset’s Fifth Avenue branch has long seemed redundant to me—what with another, larger post office on 55th and 7th—eliminating the nearby Ovington branch as well means that there are now more than two miles between south Sunset’s last remaining office and the Fort Hamilton branch on Fifth Avenue and 88th Street. (There’s also one on 33rd and Third.) I guess the question is, does that matter? I dunno…seniors?
As for Restoration Plaza, the Bed Stuy Patch reports that the neighborhood only has one other post office, on Atlantic Avenue.