I got this photo at the Dawn of Forgotten NY in the winer of 1998 at Bedford Avenue and North 4th, when Williamsburg was still an industrial/ethnic Eastern European stronghold, not the funhouse it later became. It’s an ancient drugstore front, with the glass Ex-Lax sign on the side window still visible. This is now the Bedford Cheese Shop, selling “artisanal” dairy products. My budget demands I stay with Kraft Slices.
The building street signs remain though. This is the former corner of North Fourth and Fourth; Williamsburg north-south streets were originally numbered, increasing away from the river so that Kent Avenue was First Street, Wythe Second, Berry Third, Bedford Fourth, and so on. There was apparently no confusion whatever in the two numbering systems meeting in the grid.