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Post Office x SCOPE

Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds

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Those are the words inscripted on the outside of the Corinthian colonnade James Farley Post Office, built in 1914. First called the Pennsylvania Terminal, it was designed to complement the adjacent Pennsylvania Station…before it was torn down for the ugly Madison Square Garden/Penn Station complex. (The words were actually carved by Ira Schapp, who later designed the Action Comics and other logos for DC Comic. ) Doubled in size in 1934, the grand station has a dry moat to let in natural ventilation and light to the lower floors- pretty cool.

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In 2009, the post office finally reacted to the evil doings of the internet, and went from being open 24/7 to partial service, and starting renting out areas like the former mail sorting room. Starting today, international art fair SCOPE New York will transform the Skylight space on 33rd Street into a premier at destination for Armory Arts Week, making it SCOPE’s most accessible and historic venue to date.

The station is currently being transformed into the Daniel Patrick Moynihan Station, which will combine the old mail duties with a new concourse for Amtrak.

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Who: SCOPE Art Fair

What: James Farley Post Office

Where: 312 West 33rd Street New York, 10001

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