2013-02-08 / Community

Rockaway Post Offices Delivers

P.O.’s Reopen
By Dan Guarino


The Rockaway Beach post pffice, along with the Arverne and Rockaway Beach branches, are now ‘re-opened’ for business. (Photo by Miriam Rosenberg) The Rockaway Beach post pffice, along with the Arverne and Rockaway Beach branches, are now ‘re-opened’ for business. (Photo by Miriam Rosenberg) “Oh, my God!” was one woman’s reaction on approaching the post office on Beach Channel Drive and discovering it was open.

“I was so happy,” said Coleen Minnagh.

“I was getting ready to come to the trailer,” she said, referring to the large postal trailer that provided services while main offices were out of commission. “This is a great surprise. Hooray!”

Many customers echoed her reaction. Some were at first confused to find the trailer entrance taped off, but quite happy that lights were on and USPS personnel were on duty inside the brick building at Beach 112th Street.

Business was brisk at the rebuilt customer area, which still smelled of fresh drywall and paint.


Rockaway Beach Post Office welcomes back its customers! (Photo by Dan Guarino) Rockaway Beach Post Office welcomes back its customers! (Photo by Dan Guarino) Along with Rockaway Park, the Arverne post office at 329 Beach 59th Street and the Rockaway Beach facility at 90-14 Rockaway Beach Boulevard also re-opened as of Monday February 4th.

A bright window flyer at that outlet announced “Welcome Back 11693! The Rockaway Beach Post Office is now OPEN!!!”

Each office will be open Monday to Friday from 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Customers are now able to mail packages and letters, buy stamps and access p.o. boxes.

Post offices on the Rockaway peninsula and even Howard Beach sustained heavy damage during hurricane Sandy.

All but the Far Rockaway unit on Mott Avenue remained closed for more than three months since the storm.

Destroyed equipment had to be replaced, damaged walls rebuilt, electrical, telephone and computer connections re-installed during that time.


The temporary postal trailer on Beach Channel Drive is closed, but customers were delighted to find the Rockaway Park post office is now open. (Photo by Dan Guarino) The temporary postal trailer on Beach Channel Drive is closed, but customers were delighted to find the Rockaway Park post office is now open. (Photo by Dan Guarino) “It’s a good thing,” said postal customer Alanna Peppers. “I had to go everywhere before.”

Customers had complained that Beach Channel Drive temporary trailer was often closed or unable to provide services due to non-working phone and internet connections.

Motorists also complained that the large structure partially blocked traffic along the busy street. The trailer, now closed, remains in the street.

Although services were ‘cash-only’, due to connectivity issues at least at the Rockaway Beach branch, as of Tuesday February 5th, most customers were happy to have “their” post offices back.

“We were smiling,” commented customer Esther Grillo, “and welcoming the staff back.


With paint still fresh and new walls in replace, customers and postal employees get back to business in at the Rockaway Park, Arverne and Rockaway Beach post offices. (Photo by Miriam Rosenberg) With paint still fresh and new walls in replace, customers and postal employees get back to business in at the Rockaway Park, Arverne and Rockaway Beach post offices. (Photo by Miriam Rosenberg) “I actually went to Mott Avenue yesterday and they told me this was open again. I was doing a dance!”

Said one postal police officer, “You see how things have been out here, you hear what people have gone through. This (re-opening) is a good thing. It’s coming back!”



Business was brisk and customers were pleased that the Rockaway Park post office reopened. (Photo by Dan Guarino) Business was brisk and customers were pleased that the Rockaway Park post office reopened. (Photo by Dan Guarino)

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