THE FOOD & SERVICE ARE TOPS – AND SO IS THE VIEW AS TORONTO LIGHTS UP FOR DINNER

Urban sprawl looks best after dark from the CN TOWER’s revolving restaurant, THE 360. Reservations – on line or at 416-362-5411.

SCARAMOUCHE Pasta Bar and Grill, on the brow of Avenue Road at 1 Benvenuto Place, provides one of the best views of downtown. In business for 38 years the restaurant is a longtime TORONTO favourite. Reservations – 416-961- 8011

The ONE EIGHTY on the 51st floor of the Manulife Centre, 55 Bloor St. West, is in the centre of it all. Reservations – 416-967-0000

The THOMPSON HOTEL’s chic rooftop lounge is known for its 360° views of the skyline and Lake Ontario. Live entertainment Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Address – 550 Wellington Street West, 416-640-7778

The ROOF LOUNGE on the 18th floor of the Park Hyatt Hotel, 4 Avenue Road, looks down on the Royal Ontario Museum, University of TORONTO and all points south. It’s undergoing renovations at present, and will re-open in 2019. The Lounge is a wonderful place to be on a warm summer evening. Phone 416-924-5471

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ABOVE IT ALL: A DOZEN PHOTOS OF OUR METROPOLIS FROM THE AIR – 1914-2018

<‘BIRD’S EYE VIEW OF TORONTO‘, looking northwest, postcard, 1914>

<YONGE/DUNDAS SQUARE, Gil Meslin @g.meslin, 2018>

<CN TOWER & ROUNDHOUSE PARK, Toronto Railroad Historical Association>

<MARKHAM HOUSING/2004, Tony Bock/Toronto Star>

<STREETS OF TORONTO, @jaydoublyou, @streetsoftdot>

<SPRAYING DURING GYPSY MOTH INFESTATION, May & June/2017>

 <SNOW & ICE STORM, Pearson International Airport, 9:30 am, April 15/2018>

<LOOKING EAST, @boravsbora>

<UNION STATION, March/2013, blogTO>

<LESLIE BARNS, where our new streetcars go at night; photo FRED SAMDOVAL>

<HONEST ED’S DEMOLITION SITE, looking south, Sean Galbraith/Twitter>

<WHERE HIGHWAY 400 MEETS THE 407, Oscar Flores/Fickr/January 2017>