KRASNER’S PHARMACY, Bedford-Stuyvesant

Vinyl signs that had been installed on a drugstore on the corner of Ralph Avenue and Park Place have recently been removed, revealing a pair of signs from different eras: the original vinyl Krasner’s Pharmacy ad and hand-drawn signs for the following owner, Gulshan Pharmacy.


Interestingly both older signs are missing the usual vessel-with-a-pestle motif older drugstore signs usually contain. Both Krasner’s and Gulshan had been there for a few decades, I can pretty much say for sure.

Photos: Gary Fonville




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4 Responses to KRASNER’S PHARMACY, Bedford-Stuyvesant

  1. Ian M. says:

    Do you have any idea when these signs are from? I ask because I Googled Krasner’s and nothing came up. And it occurred to me how many things have been lost to time – Krasner’s might’ve been a well-respected establishment for decades, but today there’s no trace of it online and I wonder if anyone even remembers it.

  2. Michael Giaquinto says:

    My mother grew up across the street from Krasner’s in the 1940s. Her most vivid memory of the pharmacy is that the proprietor used to tend to her and other neighborhood kids’ skinned knees (apparently this was common practice at NYC pharmacies during that era). Hard to imagine that happening at your local Rite Aid now.

  3. Jeffrey H. Wasserman says:

    Changing demographics in the area may have had something to do with the change in ownership. I see that a Baptist church on Park Place just east of Ralph Avenue has Stars of David on its stained glass windows in this 2014 Google photo.,-73.9223131,3a,75y,75.57h,67.59t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1sqEC9dTT0qee0QYkHI32bSw!2e0!7i13312!8i6656!6m1!1e1

  4. GeorgeDunne says:

    I have noticed through my travels that the only businesses that stand the test of time are Drug Stores and Liquor Stores, the latter not being allowed to be part of a monopoly (sole ownership) but a business cartel, according to NYS Liquor Laws.

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