NOBU Hospitality, the luxury restaurant and hotel chain founded by actor Robert De Niro, famous Japanese chef Nobu Matsuhisa and Hollywood producer Meir Teper, will soon be coming to TORONTO. Two 49-storey bronze towers will be built above the current Pilkington Glass Factory on Mercer Street, and will include a hotel, NOBU, retail space and an outdoor Zen garden. The glass factory’s facade will be part of the development.
Sidewalk superintendents gathered to watch DON, one of two tunnel-boring machines (TBMs), hoisted above ground and taken apart. It had been digging underground for nearly four years, helping to build the Crosstown LRT’s north tunnel. The 400-tonne monster was disassembled along Eglinton Avenue. A second TBM, named HUMBER (after the river), surfaced a few days later. The TBM’s bored 16-20 metres below ground, around the clock, with a crew of six operators each.
German Chancellor ANGELA MERKEL spent some time at the White House and left many of us wondering just what she was thinking as the day progressed. Ms. Merkel has a very expressive face, and news photographers captured a variety of candid nuances from pleasure to bewilderment.
Charles Edward Anderson CHUCK BERRY, one of the founding fathers of rock ‘n roll, has died at the age of 90. He grew up in Missouri during the time of racial segregation; rose to become a worldwide star; was jailed for robbery at the age of 17; lived an outrageous life; became famous for his ‘duck walk’ as well as Johnny B. Goode, Roll Over Beethoven and Sweet Little Sixteen. “He lit up our teenage years, and blew life into our dreams of being musicians and performers,” – Mick Jagger.
The first one is in Edmonton. The second will appear this summer in a former railroad roundhouse within TORONTO’s Railway Museum park, 255 Bremner Boulevard.
Formerly occupied by a furniture store <PHOTO ABOVE> the 40,000 square foot, multi-use venue will have a family entertainment arcade, areas for e-sports, virtual reality and video game tournaments, and live music. Some of the concerts will be free.
<PHOTO ABOVE – Sarah Greene/Now> Within the Rec Room, each area will have a theme: grab-and-go restaurants, dining, arcade games, a store for gamers, a huge patio and a massive screen along with 80 smaller screens scattered around the site. 24 draft beers on tap, 10 of them local craft beers, and wine will also be available.
<The John Street Roundhouse from above, image by Michael Muraz via Flickr>
COUNCILLORS WHO SPENT THE MOST
Jim Karygiannis (Ward 39), Scarborough/Agincourt – $54,070.08
Ana Bailao (Ward 18), Davenport – $47.421.51
Giorgio Mammoliti (Ward 7), York West – $46,351.98
James Pasternak (Ward 10), York Centre- $44,944.14
Anthony Peruzza (Ward 8), York West – $41,439.19
COUNCILLORS WHO SPENT THE LEAST
Michael Ford (Ward 2), Etobicoke North – $1,403.42
Stephen Holyday (Ward 3), Etobicoke Centre – $2,601.18
Christin Carmichael Greb (Ward 16), Eglinton/Lawrence – $14,091.25
Frances Nunziata (Ward 11), York South/Weston – $14,829.77
Chin Lee (Ward 41), Scarborough/Rouge River – $15,059.16
Mayor JOHN TORY, whose larger office budget is approved by council, slashed his expenses nearly in half over last year from a total $103,319 to $56,581.
It’s the closest Canada has ever come to high-speed rail. The TurboTrain was one of the first tilting trains to enter service in both Canada and the United States. The one above reached a top speed of 140 miles per hour, between Toronto and Montreal, in 1976.
<Concept drawing Canadian National>