Montauk, NY, rural carrier relishes route

Sophia Torres saw the light.

The rural carrier was so taken by her experience filling in on a vacant route in Montauk, NY — whose 18th-century lighthouse was commemorated in a stamp last year — that she filed for a permanent transfer.

“It may seem like the end of the world,” Torres said of the eastern Long Island outpost, “but once you’re out here, it’s perfect. There’s just something about it.”

One highlight is Culloden Shores, a beachside enclave with lots of mid-century modern architecture. This includes 1960s Leisurama houses that were featured at Macy’s came fully equipped down to the washcloths and Melmac dishware.

“It’s like a time capsule,” she said. Some customers even have some of the original accoutrements.

Torres also savors the sights and sounds of the surf and Montauk’s artsy, welcoming spirit.

The rural carrier is one of several employees participating in “We Go Everywhere,” a USPS communications campaign that offers a front-row seat to some of the most beautiful and noteworthy places that letter carriers ply their trade.

Newly appointed Postmaster Homer Clare is also partial to Montauk’s charms. “It’s a great experience,” he said.

Montauk’s remoteness means the commute is a long one. Torres travels an hour-plus from her home in mid-Long Island to start her 7 a.m. shift. Most of her co-workers are in the same boat, she said.

To hear her tell it, she wouldn’t have it any other way, and the “We Go Everywhere” campaign was a good reminder.

“We forget, day to day, that we get to see these beautiful places,” Torres said. “I feel very lucky … even if I have to get up at sunrise,” she added with a laugh.


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I am glad there are young people like her that love working for the USPS.

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