I'm most specifically interested in the Cooper station post office that was often shown in a quick clip prior to a Newman or Post Office scene.
Cooper station is downtown. It's a few blocks from Elaine's gym that appeared in one episode, but I don't think her gym matters because she was often working jobs and she moved once or twice, so she could have been working or living near there.
Jerry lived in the upper west side. The Restaurant (Tom's Restaurant is the visual used in the show) is also a bit out of the way, a little over a mile uptown from where they lived, so maybe those shots were selected purely for visuals, but it's conceivable that Jerry would eat at Tom's as it wasn't too far.
Neither Jerry nor Kramer worked regular jobs and Jerry and Larry David both had to be quite familiar with the city. So why show a shot of the post office all the way downtown? Is it purely photogenic or is there another reason? Was this ever discussed in an interview anywhere?
I have a personal theory, but it's pretty thin and I've discussed this with a few people and most don't agree with me, but I worked in the cooper station neighborhood in the late 80s and I was in that post office a fair bit and there was a postal worker who was always behind the desk who was an absolute whale. Fatter than Newman and I don't remember ever talking to him, but he looked surly. I've always wondered if there was a connection, and if that's why the cooper station is used in the show, or if it's simply because it's a photogenic post office being on a corner and the curved entrance. It's very photogenic.
Larry David said on record that the Newman Character was based on two people who lived in his building, so, but that doesn't mean that there couldn't be a reference to a fat postal worker, but back to the main question. Did anything tie Larry David or Jerry Seinfeld to a 12th street post office when both lived uptown?
Or were the clips of buildings in the show purely aesthetic and really representing where they went when they lived in NYC?