Southern Brooklyn

Brighton Beach Post Office to Close; Sheepshead Bay to Pick Up Slack


Brighton Beach Post Office
(Photo courtesy of Daily News)

Expect the long, intolerable lines at the Sheepshead Bay post office at 2628 East 18th street to get even worse in 2010.

Daily News is reporting that the Brighton Beach post office at 3157 Coney Island Avenue will close down by December 31st. The already overburdened Sheepshead Bay branch is the closest facility, and will take on many of the clients if a new station is not established in time.

The 30-year-old Brighton office is closing because the new landlords, Kaytus LLC, refused to renew the lease, citing financial disagreements. U.S. postal officials say they are looking for an alternative site in the Brighton Beach area, but residents are skeptical.

Though the Post Office is in financial straights, we hope a solution is found before the new year. Sheepshead’s post office is beyond strained, and if it’s forced to serve clients from both neighborhoods, there’s no doubt residents will turn to private solutions like UPS or FedEx. Simply put: the Post Office will worsen their own situation if they let that happen.