Astoria Post Office opens

By Sarina Trangle

A new Astoria post office’s first day passed without ceremony Saturday, but several at the 30-11 21st St. facility stopped to praise it.

Maria Entrades, manager of the Post Office’s Long Island City main branch, said the U.S. Postal Service lost the lease on its former Astoria location, at 27-40 21st St., last August. While searching for a nearby replacement, USPS relied on nearby branches.

Gus Forte said the new office would spare him a 20-minute walk to the nearby branch he had been using.

“I’m thrilled,” he said.

The new post office will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday.

P.O. box hours are scheduled for 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday.

Reach reporter Sarina Trangle at 718-260-4546 or by e-mail at strangle@cnglocal.com.