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General Post Office

General Post Office (66)

On the facade there is a quote from Greek historian Herodotus, who in honour of the Persian postal system wrote "Neither snow, nor rain, nor heat, nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds". You are in front of the General Post Office, that is, the Central Post Office, also known as the James Farley Post Office building.

And it is that the building was originally built by McKim, Mead & White in 1912 and opened to the public as a post office two years later. Later in 1934, it was James Farley who ordered it to be doubled in size and it eventually replaced the Park Row and Broadway Post Office.

With its broad facade, 20 Corinthian columns and the grand staircase, it is an imposing and solemn Neoclassical temple. Don’t miss the work on its roofs, much-photographed by tourists.

If you are sending a postcard to friends and family to let them know how you are enjoying your days in New York, it might be a good time to go in.

Also, the General Post Office is the only post office in town that is open 24 hours a day.

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