If you’ve been around Yonge and Bloor in the past few years you’ll have noticed that there’s not much to see at One Bloor East. The original project at the site was a mixed use skyscraper that was canned in 2009. In its place developer Great Gulf Homes is building a condo. Here’s a mock 3drendering of the streetview by Hariri Pontarini Architects.
The Fairmont Royal York was opened in 1929 and at the time the 28 floor building was the tallest in the British Empire. The hotel of choice of Queen Elizabeth II when she visits Toronto is connected to the PATH underground walkway and is home to nine restaurants. The 13th-floor rooftop terrace has an in-house garden that provides the restaurants with fresh ingredients. The terrace also is home to beehives which produce 700 pounds of honey every year for the chefs.
Ronces, Roncey or Roncesvalles; Whatever you call it it’s no longer a well-kept secret. Still a mostly Polish neighborhood that hosts the annual Polish festival in September, it has in recent years gentrified and become a more diverse neighborhood chock full of small businesses, great restaurants, book stores and clothing stores. Although somewhat hard to maneuver around in the past year due to construction, improvements being made include flowerbeds and more trees, preserving the village-like feel of the area.