Almost all New York government offices, schools and post offices are closed on Columbus Day, and garbage collection does not take place. Individual bank branches may also close for the day. Subways, and buses operate as normal, and the Long Island Rail Road and Metro-North Railroad runs normally, as does the Staten Island Ferry. In general, the New York Stock Exchange and most retail stores remain open, although each private enterprise is free to observe the holiday at its discretion.
On Columbus Day in New York, almost all post offices close, but the city often elects to keep a single office open and keeps a number of self-service kiosks open, particularly at the main post office of the city. Regular mail delivery does not take place on Columbus Day, but express mail delivery does. Alternate-side parking is temporarily suspended in observance of Columbus Day, but authorities enforce other parking rules.
Other sanitation services that do not take place on Columbus Day include street cleaning and recycling. The New York City DMV closes for Columbus Day, although some nearby county DMV offices may remain open. The Office of the City Clerk, which attests to leases and deeds of city property and grants marriage licenses, is also closed on Columbus Day.