Thursday, September 29, 2011

On the Hit List: Long Island, NY, Part 1

At present there are three post offices on Long Island (out of approximately 200) that are on the list for potential short-term closure. Two are stations and one is a branch, meaning that none of these post offices has a Postmaster itself. The reason I've decided to write this entry is that I've noticed that a lot of people who have found my blog are researching Bay Shore's historic Penataquit Post Office (one of said stations). I can very much envision people being attached to it, since it's such a lovely building.

Furthermore, ALL THREE mail processing facilities on Long Island are slated for potential closure, and I'll cover those in my next post.

Without further ado:

Uniondale, NY: Reckson Plaza Station post office
Reckson Plaza is a large office park located at the southwest corner of the interchange between the Meadowbrook State Parkway and Hempstead Turnpike. Its hallmark is two glass towers connected by a central atrium. And it has a post office!

The post office is located inside the atrium's front entrance:

Presently it's a one-clerk office that stays open during full business hours regardless. Ordinarily, there would be a lunch break at such a location.

Since this post office doesn't represent a distinguishable community, I suspect its days are numbered. If the postal service holds a public meeting in the evening, when the workers at this office plaza have gone home, then there will in all likelihood not be enough people to defend it.

Setauket, NY post office [a branch of East Setauket]

A beautiful, positively wonderful building that's served as the town's post office since the '40s. The inside is great, too: wood paneling, old PO boxes, the works. That would be a real shame. The closest office is East Setauket, its parent, about one mile away.


  1. Just an FYI that the town name where Reckson Plaza is located is actually Uniondale, not Uniontown. First 11 years of my life were spent living in Uniondale - before all that building went on up there. Back in those days, it was nothing but woods and brush.

  2. Oh, goodness, thank you for catching that. I might have been thinking of the Uniontown, PA Downtown Station, which I'd visited earlier that month.