Op-Ed
by Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley
Oct 27, 2009 | 2660 views | 0 0 comments | 38 38 recommendations | email to a friend | print


Living in Glendale, we know that our community has an identity all its own. Glendale has the feel of a small town tucked into New York City - we have our own business district on Myrtle Avenue, our own schools, parishes, parks and community centers.

However, Glendale still does not have its own zip code, and all the benefits that come with one. And the 35,000 Glendale residents live with the consequences of inefficient services that come with the bloated zip code we are currently forced to live in.

The 11385 zip code for both Ridgewood and Glendale has a population of roughly 69,500, making it one of the most populous of all five boroughs. In Manhattan alone, there are nearly 50 zip codes that cover areas with a population much lower than Glendale’s.

Several relatively new zip codes have a significantly smaller population than Glendale, such as 10075 in the Upper East Side, which covers a population of 12,005. To add insult to injury, Saks’ Shoe department has its own zip code.

If the U.S. Postal Service provides zip codes in Manhattan for vanity purposes than surely they must be willing to reconsider giving Glendale a zip code for reasons based on safety, efficiency, and economic growth.

For an area as populated as Glendale, the lack of zip code is a considerable safety concern for residents. Modern navigational technology, like the GPS, does not always list Glendale in their registry under the 11385 zip code. There are incidents when emergency services outside of Glendale rely on navigational systems to reach the people in need. If Glendale is not listed in the navigational systems, it becomes unnecessarily difficult for help to reach people who may need it.

The lack of a zip code has also delayed the delivery of medications for some elderly residents. Many of these prescriptions are time sensitive and with the deficiency in medical services throughout Queens, our seniors cannot afford to wait for their medications.

Granting a zip code to Glendale is also necessary for local economic development. It is in our best interest to encourage visitors from all over the city to travel to Glendale to experience the local spots, such as Zum Stammtisch and the Shops at Atlas Park. Without accurate directions, it’s difficult for out-of-towners to visit Glendale’s attractions. Glendale loses business because of the lack of a zip code.

Furthermore, post office carriers and technology too often cannot locate Glendale, resulting in delayed delivery service and constant headaches for residents. In addition, Internet transactions are also more complicated than necessary because residents are often forced to prove their identity and residence to government authorities and credit card companies who have them registered under Ridgewood.

Finally, federal, state and local statistics are often broken down along zip code lines, and what may be right for one end of our zip code may not always be good for the other.

Glendale is long past due for its own zip code. Our sense of pride and belonging coupled with the lack of an official identity creates daily issues for the Glendale resident that could be solved with an additional zip code.

While it may not seem like much to outsiders, having a zip code is important for services to our neighborhood. The problems associated with not having a zip code will only get worse as time goes on.

As the Post Office reorganizes itself to face new challenges in the 21st century, a priority in Queens should be for a new zip code for Glendale because we deserve better.

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