By Anessa V. Cohen

I wonder how many of us drive around town at any given time and think, “It would be so much more convenient if _______ were installed here.” Each person may have his or her own thoughts as to what could be installed to make life more convenient for the masses.

As an example, when I was growing up in a little village in Westchester, very similar to the Five Towns, when we wanted to mail letters at the local post office, we did not have to get out of the car just to throw outgoing mail into the mailbox in front of the post office building.

Several mailboxes with long chutes were strategically placed next to a one-way ramp-like driveway nearby, so that drivers could drive up, deposit their outgoing mail, and then continue on to wherever they were going. There was no need to get out of the car, look for a parking space, find quarters for the parking meter, and so on.

I have always wondered why this option was not put into place by the Cedarhurst Post Office, which is such a busy destination. Perhaps the one-way ramp is not suitable for Grove Avenue, but certainly it could be put into place at the entrance to the municipal parking lot adjacent to the post office driveway, which is a one-way entrance. There is room for several of these types of mailboxes with the long chutes so that drivers could deposit their outgoing mail without leaving their cars and without causing any traffic snarls.

Having this type of convenience leaves open the possibility of a less congested post office as well as smoother traffic flow on Grove. Now, cars in both directions slow down constantly to look for parking or else they stop and park illegally while they run to the mailbox to quickly deposit their outgoing mail.

This type of mail chute is not the only form of drive-by convenience we might have. Many stores now offer curbside services in order to encourage sales. It makes sense to make things more convenient for would-be customers to patronize stores more often, which they otherwise might pass by because of parking difficulties and time constraints. This situation cannot be solved by merely adding a chute somewhere, but a different version of this still translates to “convenience.”

The village could create dedicated pickup zones of one or two parking spaces per block, where stores or restaurants offering curbside service could bring out whatever a customer ordered for pickup. In this case, there would have to be strict rules as to what this pickup spot may be used for and the time allowed for a driver standing there to remain in that spot. But when there is a will, there is a way. Given the difficult parking situation now in Cedarhurst, this might also be a plan for the stores and restaurants to improve sales and possibly free up more spaces on the street for those that are not just picking up packages or takeout food.

I do not pretend to have all the ins and outs sorted for implementing these ideas, so I leave that to the experts to consider. Convenience is a wonderful tool for smoother living! v

Anessa Cohen lives in Cedarhurst and is a licensed real-estate broker and a licensed N.Y.S. mortgage originator with over 20 years of experience, offering full-service residential, commercial, and management real-estate services (Anessa V Cohen Realty) and mortgaging services (First Meridian Mortgage). She can be reached at 516-569-5007 or via her website, Readers are encouraged to send questions or comments to


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