To relieve the massive wait lines at the Ridgewood Post Office brought on by the area’s postwar population boom, Brooklyn Postmaster Frank T. Quigley announced in 1948 that he would open two new substations — Fresh Pond Station and Glendale Station.
Both would retain the same Ridgewood zone number of 27, which became ZIP code 11227 in 1963. They remained under the Brooklyn Post Office until 1979, when jurisdiction was transferred to Queens. The ZIP code later was changed to 11385.
Retired Brooklyn builder William Welge provided a building at 69-36 Myrtle Ave. for the Glendale Station, at a lease of $1,680 a year. The Post Office also had to cover heat, water and sewer costs. Six years later Welge raised the rent to $1,848 a year — or $154 a month.
Sixty-three years later, the substation is still there. Public records show it sold in September 2005 for $850,000 and again in December 2005 for $970,000. Today zillow.com appraises it at $575,000.
The 35,000 residents of Glendale are upset they’ve never been recognized by what is now the U.S. Postal Service as a neighborhood with their own identity and ZIP code — they want 11384. The latest ruling recognizes Glendale as a community, but still doesn’t give it a new ZIP code. Apparently the cost would be prohibitive for an already-broke Postal Service. But it’s sure the press for 11384 will go on, as Glendale residents want their own identity.