Opponents of Bronx Post Office Closure to Rally and Possibly Sue

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From DNAInfo New York: "The campaign to stop the sale of the historic Bronx General Post Office is moving to the streets and the courts, advocates say, after federal regulators rejected an appeal of the proposed sale of the building. "On Saturday, local residents, postal workers and allies from as far away as California will meet at Lincoln Hospital and then march … Read More

Democracy rests finally upon us: Saving the Bronx General Post Office

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On Saturday, September 21, there will be “Day of Action to Save the Post Office” in the Bronx, New York.  The event begins with an “Emergency Meeting to Save the Post Office” at 11:00 a.m. at the Lincoln Hospital Auditorium, 234 East 149th Street.  Then at 12:30 there will be a march to the Bronx General Post Office for a “Community … Read More

In the Bronx: A Day of Action to Save the Post Office

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On Saturday, September 21, 2013, there will be a "Day of Action to Save the Post Office" in the Bronx, New York.  Here are the details: At 11:00 AM at the Lincoln Hospital Auditorium, 234 East 149th Street ,Bronx, NY, an "Emergency Meeting to Save the Post Office" is scheduled: Learn what you can do to Save Bronx GPO, stop the cutbacks, and restore the … Read More

Bronx GPO interior gets landmark status

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The Landmarks Conservancy has agreed to grant landmark protection status to the interior of the Bronx General Post Office, with its priceless murals by Ben Shahn, one of America’s leading Social Realist artists.  The exterior had been declared a landmark previously, so this extends protection to the interior as well.  Video here.

NY Times take a look at the Bronx GPO before it’s sold

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The historic Bronx General Post Office will soon be sold.  An appeal to the USPS failed, as did an appeal to the Postal Regulatory Commission.  There's not much left to stand in the way of the sale except for dealing with historic preservation regulations.  The New York Times has a piece on the post office, the murals, and the inevitable … Read More

Hurdles in sale of Bronx GPO

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Bronx Times reporter David Cruz has been following the story on the sale of the Bronx GPO since the beginning, and he has a new story today about the efforts to stop the sale.   "The sale of the iconic Bronx General Post Office may not be as easy as the U.S. Postal Service thought," writes Cruz. "Residents, labor groups … Read More

Serrano provision in spending bill checks on lawfulness of Bronx GPO, would suspend sale of historic post offices

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Congressman José E. Serrano today announced that he had succeeded in including a provision in an annual appropriations bill moving through the House of Representatives that would ensure that the Postal Service’s proposed sale of the historic Bronx General Post Office receives extra scrutiny.   The provision calls for the suspension of the sale of historic properties like the Bronx … Read More

The Postal Service moves forward on selling the historic post offices in Berkeley and the Bronx

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Yesterday two of the country’s most significant historic post offices — the 1916 Berkeley post office and the 1935 Bronx GPO — came a step closer to being sold. Mr. Tom Samra, USPS Vice President, Facilities, rendered his final decision on the Berkeley post office.  The Postal Service will relocate retail services to a yet-to-be-determined location, and the historic building … Read More

Protest the sale of the Bronx GPO – July 26-27

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Community-Labor United for Postal Jobs and Services (CLUPJS), a coalition of postal workers and community activists, is calling for a protest to stop the sale of the historic Bronx General Post Office on July 26 and 27.  Read more.  

USPS to Bronx: Drop dead — the GPO must go

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The Postal Service has decided to go ahead with the sale of the historic Bronx General Post Office.  Tom Samra, Vice President of Facilities for the USPS, has issued his “Final Decision for Relocation of Retail Services in Bronx, New York.”  (A copy is here.) The Bronx GPO is on the National Register of Historic Places, it's an official New … Read More

Binding the nation together: Berkeley and the Bronx join forces to save the post office

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For our Founding Fathers, post offices and post roads played an essential role in “binding our nation together.”  Congress reaffirmed that vision when it passed the Postal Reorganization Act of 1970: “The Postal Service shall have as its basic function the obligation to provide postal services to bind the Nation together.” The leaders of the Postal Service appear to have … Read More