2002-08-03 / Community

Community Eyesores To Be Removed

Community Eyesores To Be Removed

They are on over fifty street corners in Rockaway. They are often covered with graffiti. And to make matters worse, they are useless.

The United States Postal Service calls them "relay mail boxes" – the big, green, storage boxes that sit unused on Rockaway sidewalks. There are 52 of them in all, spread throughout the Rockaway peninsula. But to Congressman Anthony Weiner (D-Queens & Brooklyn), they are simply eyesores.

Now we can call them something else: a thing of the past. That’s because over the next four weeks, the Postal Service is going to get rid of them.

"The residents of Rockaway pride themselves on the tidiness of their local streets," said Rep. Weiner. "Sadly, these green corner monsters are magnets for graffiti. I am glad that they are being removed."

The so-called relay mail boxes were used by the Postal Service to distribute mail. Carriers would pick up the mail from the relay boxes and then visit their appointed rounds. Today, because mail deliveries are motorized the boxes are no longer necessary, but continue to sit as monuments to a bygone era,

Under an agreement with the Postal Service, Congressman Weiner announced that by the end of August they will all be removed.

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