TORONTO IS AN EASY CITY TO LOVE – Sunday New York Times, March 2/2014

 NYT2    This Sunday’s Travel Section of the New York Times featured a three page spread (and 10 photos) on cosmopolitan TORONTO and its “ethnic buffet”.  FRANCINE PROSE, a regular visitor to our city, writes that it’s a place “that dissolves borders between cultures and preserves what’s best about each.”  <PHOTOS – Ian Willms for The New York Times>

Read the entire article at http://www.nytimes.com/2014/03/02/travel/torontos-ethnic-buffet.html?_r=0

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EXCERPTS: “TORONTO is such a special and unusual place to live in and visit. There’s more to this understated city than many people might realize.

“It’s a great walking town, and part of what makes it so much fun to explore is the range and variety of the neighborhoods which have resisted the homogenization that has occurred throughout so much of NEW YORK CITY — from Yorkville, with its fashionable shops and department stores, to Old Town, where you can find the St. Lawrence Market . . . where, on Saturdays, local farmers sell their produce. Some of the neighborhoods are known for their architectural beauty: the charming Victorian houses along the tree-lined streets of Cabbagetown, originally a working-class Irish enclave; the equally attractive brick mansions and neo-Gothic cottages of the Annex, a district of artists, professors and students who attend the nearby University of Toronto; the brick rowhouses and manicured lawns of Roncesvalles and the mansions of Forest Hill.

“As much as, if not more than, any North American city, TORONTO celebrates its multicultural heritage. There is an online multicultural calendar – http://www.torontomulticulturalcalendar.com/ – devoted to listing the lectures, religious and national holidays, and street festivals sponsored by the city’s range of communities . . . Some complain that TORONTO is too proper, too predictable, too staid, that it lacks the joie de vivre of MONTREAL. But casual travelers and most longtime residents agree that the city’s pleasures outweigh its shortcomings, that its streets are clean and safe and that its people (2.6 million in the city; 5.6 million in the metropolitan area) are polite, pleasant and helpful in ways that can sometimes startle those of us who come from somewhere else.”
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<PHOTOS ABOVE by Ian Willms for The New York Times – 1) Jatioder Pal Singh at Chandan Fashion & Boutique; 2) Frank Yulder at Nu Bugel; 3) Anthony Richard at his shop, Tribal Eye>

FRANCINE PROSE’s new novel, “Lovers at the Chameleon Club, Paris 1932,” will be published in May.

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