Saturday, October 4, 2014

Ozone Park mailboxes need some TLC

From The Forum:

At least two blue US Postal Service mailboxes have become sources of disdain in the communities of Ozone Park and Howard Beach, and the agency pledged to the Forum this week to make them right again.

The mailbox located on the corner of 97th Street and 133rd Avenue in Ozone Park is covered in bird feces, nearly from top to bottom, and a bird carcass was left this week right next to it. The condition of the mailbox and the overpowering area odor have precluded some residents from using it.

“It’s been like this for a long time,” said Joe Fontanes, who has lived a block away from the box for the past 19 years. “Sometimes I’ll walk down 96th [Street] to avoid it.”

Fontanes posited that the culprit is the tree branches above the mailbox.

“It’s not a question of repainting it,” he said. “They’ve got to move it away from this area where the birds nest.”

On Cross Bay Boulevard, between 157th and 158th avenues, sits another blue USPS mailbox covered in graffiti. On one side is a phrase written large in bright-green ink that can’t be repeated in a family newspaper.

A spokeswoman for the USPS said that both boxes will be taken care of as soon as possible.


Anonymous said...

We don't need no stinkin' mailboxes.

Joe Moretti said...

Everything in this city and especially this borough turns to crap, it is the law of nature.

Anonymous said...

Does anyone know how to report a mailbox that needs repair? The mailbox on the corner of Queens Boulevard and 65th Road is totally broken - but mail seems to be picked up from the box. I went to the USPS site to report this, but could find no information.

Anonymous said...

There is an option on the USPS website to address customer service.

Anonymous said...

The USPS, FDNY and all the other utility companies don't have the manpower to keep all their equipment free of graffiti fast as we'd like. I've made the calls it can take a while.
The USPS had a program where they provided paint and brushes to concerned citizens that wanted to fight in the "Graffiti War" but the Postal Workers Union wanted it stopped because it took work away and management was looking to cut jobs.

JQ said...

even though its cleaner,I prefer the birdshit one