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Lost & Found: Mailboxes Return to Broadway

Ronnie Wolf, long time resident, interior designer and SBI Board member

In 2015, the City completed a road reconstruction and water main replacement project along Grand Street. As part of the project, several items of street furniture were removed and re-installed once the project was completed…except for two blue USPS mailboxes. These two mailboxes once on Broadway at Grand Street and Howard Street had not come home.

These two mailboxes were apparently removed and no one working on the project knew they were missing when the street furniture was reinstalled at the end of the project. Nearby office workers and residents noticed they were missing, and so did Ronnie Wolf, a long time SoHo resident and interior designer.

Over 7 months, through Ms. Wolf’s persistence and a little bit of luck, these lost mailboxes were shepherded back to their former homes on Broadway.

After speaking with several supervisors at the Canal Street Post Office about the missing mailboxes, Ms. Wolf spoke to a supervisor she hadn’t spoken to before about the missing mailboxes. This USPS supervisor, to Ms. Wolf’s surprise, found the right person at USPS responsible for installing mailboxes. After Ms. Wolf contacted the City to authorize the reinstallation, the boxes were re-installed by USPS this past April.

So if you are ever using the mailboxes on Broadway at Grand or Howard, say a little thank you to Ronnie Wolf, who made it all happen.

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