By Sabina Mollot
Last weekend, an eagle-eyed reader of Town & Village contacted the paper after noticing that a mailbox on East 23rd Street had been locked, unavailable for use, as was another mailbox, on East 20th Street.
We reached out to the U.S. Post Office, to ask for the reason for the locking, and if other mailbox locations were also affected, and if so, for how long.
In response, agency spokesperson Congetta Chirichello, said this was a temporary safety measure for July 4th.
“During special events such as parades and events where thousands of people are anticipated to be in a particular location – designated collection boxes are sealed at the request of the NYPD,” Chirichello said. “Each year during the 4th of July Fireworks is one of the special occasions when this happens.”
The mailboxes were locked after the last pickup on Thursday, July 2, and were “unsealed” on Monday, July 6 upon the first mail pickup, with normal collection resuming after that.
Chirichello added that it was done as a precautionary measure with mailboxes that need to be sealed or in some cases temporarily removed for a few days determined by the USPS after being informed of the path for a parade or an event expected to be attended by thousands.
The NYPD didn’t respond to a request for comment.