Last January we brought you our 10 favorite ghost signs. April brought another batch, followed by more in July. The fourth in our series features an additional 10. Click through the slideshow to see our picks.

<strong>Cohen's Fashion Optical, 117 Delancey Street</strong>

Cohen's Fashion Optical, 117 Delancey Street

According to its website Cohen's Fashion Optical was founded in 1927 by Jack Cohen, who sold ready-made glasses from a pushcart on Orchard Street. As the business prospered, the Cohen family opened their flagship store on the corner of Orchard and Delancey Streets.

In December 2015 a sign change at Cohen's temporarily revealed two ghost signs that wrapped the entire corner. The signs also feature two pairs of retro eyeglass frames. The old signs have been dismantled and removed from the façade.

<strong>A & G Infants and Children's Wear, 261 Broome Street</strong>

A & G Infants and Children's Wear, 261 Broome Street

Most of the mom and pop clothing stores around Orchard Street are gone but the A & G Infants & Children's Wear sign on Broome Street remains a reminder of the area's retail past. Since 2013 the Denny Gallery, like previous occupants, has preserved the ghost sign in its original spot.

"I was 28 when I opened the gallery, and now I have a family, staff and artists who depend on the business," Elizabeth Denny told us. "I feel connected to the many generations of young entrepreneurs who have gotten their start on the Lower East Side. Galleries are among the most recent wave, but we have many of the same pressures and concerns – globalization, competition from within and outside of the neighborhood, supporting our families, making it in New York – that clothing dealers and other store owners of past generations had."

<strong>Fourteenth Ward Industrial School, 256-258 Mott Street</strong>

Fourteenth Ward Industrial School, 256-258 Mott Street

The co-op residence on Mott Street still bears the sign of its past as a school for the Lower East Side's indigent children in the mid-1800s. Financier John Jacob Astor III funded the construction of the Fourteenth Ward Industrial School by the Children's Aid Society. In 1888, Astor dedicated the school to his late wife Charlotte, who donated thousands of dollars of her husband's fortune to the Society. Astor hired architect Calvert Vaux to design the school.

"Vaux produced a visually entertaining red Pennsylvania brick Victorian Gothic structure with terra cotta and brownstone trim," writes Daytonian in Manhattan. "Brick buttresses and a pointed Gothic entranceway draw attention upward to the stepped Dutch gable. Finished in 1888, it cost Astor $42,000. Rising four stories above the street, it included a ‘roomy basement’ with a kitchen and separate dining rooms for teachers and students. The first floor housed kindergarten and primary classrooms, the second and third floor contained classrooms for older children and the top floor housed rooms for primary and industrial school work. A playground was located in the rear."

<strong>Wholesale Grocers, 55 Ludlow Street</strong>

Wholesale Grocers, 55 Ludlow Street

Built in 1910, the Ludlow Street residential site was once home to Wholesale Grocers. According to Fading Ad, the ghost sign was revealed in 2014 during renovation of the six-story building. Little is known about the grocers but the hand-painted sign has aged remarkably well.

<strong>Manhattan Railway Company, 100 Division Street</strong>

Manhattan Railway Company, 100 Division Street

By the late 1870s, elevated railways choked the streets of Manhattan. The Manhattan Railway Company operated four lines, including the Second Avenue El. While the elevated tracks were torn down in the early 1940s, the company's Station No. 5 powerhouse and the bronze lettering of its sign remain near the corner of Allen and Division Streets.

"The brick structure dates back to February, 1879, when the Metropolitan Elevated Railway Company initiated construction of the Second Avenue El, the last elevated railway in the city to be built," notes Bowery Boogie. "This corner of Division and Allen Streets was the second stop on the journey. In fact, the train didn’t reach Second Avenue until turning west on 23rd Street."

<strong>Moneta's Italian Restaurant, 32 Mulberry Street</strong>

Moneta's Italian Restaurant, 32 Mulberry Street

Across from Chinatown's Columbus Park is the ghost sign of Moneta's, a swanky Italian restaurant of the 1920s. "At 32 Mulberry Street the riff raff were excluded," according to Lucky Luciano: The Rise and Fall of a Mob Boss. "Moneta's was patronized by judges, politicians, and the rich. Papa Moneta welcomed the distinguished, including Will Rogers, [theatrical producer] David Belasco, and [drama critic] George Jean Nathan. Patrons dined on zuppa di pesce, veal marsala, and ravioli. Lucky Luciano came too, death's head at the feast."

Eating in Translation cited a 1930 review. "The room is small, so small that it seems almost tiny. Also, it is fairly bare. At one end there is a table literally bulging with fresh-killed poultry, with raw peppers, broccoli, melons, and huge, inviting cheeses. At Moneta's, if you're so inclined, you may select your dinner in the raw." The Le Baron nightclub, now closed, occupied the space until last year.

<strong>Super B Drug, 275 Canal Street</strong>

Super B Drug, 275 Canal Street

Nothing remains of Super B Drug but its ghost sign. The "275" in its arrow refers to Super B's address; the sign is on the west side of 275 Canal Street. The sign's old CA telephone exchange, for Canal, puts its date somewhere between the 1950s and the late 1970s, when all-number exchanges became the norm.

<strong>Grace Unisex, 105 Rivington Street</strong>

Grace Unisex, 105 Rivington Street

Prior to a short-lived move to Essex Street, the Grace Unisex beauty salon kept the neighborhood stylish at Rivington and Ludlow Streets. Bowery Boogie chronicled Grace's move in 2011. "Before the Hotel on Rivington landed in the area, Grace Unisex occupied the stout building at 105 Rivington. But once guests started arriving, that was pretty much the end; the chop shop then moved to 343 Grand. The marquee signage was painted black in the interim, and the address remains occupied by a much higher-end salon. Lettering is still legible, though."

<strong>East 11th Street Baths, 538 East 11th Street</strong>

East 11th Street Baths, 538 East 11th Street

The 11th Street Baths were built in 1904 for poor immigrants without indoor bathing facilities. The Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation points out that the City spared no expense in construction, "bringing in Indiana limestone for the main façade material and trim. The light-colored stone, with its intricate carving and classical elements, stands in stark contrast to the dark-colored tenements surrounding it. There is also a feeling of 'cleanliness' associated with the color of the material that was appropriate for the building’s use as a bath house." The cartouches feature tridents and fish.

In 1995, the Baths were purchased by Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer Eddie Adams and used as his studio. Adams died in 2004. Today the building is home to Bathhouse Studios, a film and photography rental space.

<strong>M. Katz & Sons Fine Furniture, 146 Essex Street</strong>

M. Katz & Sons Fine Furniture, 146 Essex Street

Since it opened in December 2010, the Beauty & Essex restaurant has preserved the ghost signage of M. Katz & Sons both behind and next to its own lighted sign. Still in operation on Orchard Street, the furniture company's website describes how Meilich Katz started the business in 1906. "M. Katz, whose business still bears his name today, began by selling furniture out of a tenement in the Lower East Side of Manhattan and eventually moved his thriving furniture business to a location on Stanton Street, just around the corner from where Katz Furniture stood for over fifty years on Essex Street."

Photos by Frank Mastropolo.