The U.S. Postal Service is considering selling a landmark post office in the Bronx that houses 13 Depression-era murals by artist Ben Shahn.
The New York Times reports that the proposal was outlined in a letter from the Postal Service to Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr.
The Bronx General Post Office takes up an entire block on the Grand Concourse and has much more space than the Postal Service needs.
The building is an official city landmark and could not be razed by a new owner.
But the 1930s murals by Shahn and his companion Bernarda Bryson would not be protected in a sale.
Shahn was one of America's leading social realist artists. Like much of the era's artwork, the murals celebrate labor in various forms.