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'''North York''' is one of the cities that in the 1997 City of Toronto Act became a part of the Toronto Mega City, mega-city. North York has a unique charm being its own brand of multiculuralism. There are many aspects of North York that make up the vast proportion of Toronto living, from its university, historical sites, and various unique neighbourhoods, North York has become a City city within a Citycity.
== Districts Understand==
* '''The Peanut''' Don Mills Road, between Sheppard and Finch Ave., this community North York has a significant public housing population, immigrants and refugees, sole-support families and youth. It has been an area with a notable level of criminal activity.the following districts:
* '''York MillsThe Peanut''' Yonge St. Don Mills Road, between Sheppard and Leslie St.Finch Ave, this community has a significant public housing population, Lawrence Ave. to Highway 401. Home to the famous Bridle Pathimmigrants and refugees, lined with multisole-million dollar estates support families and mansions, this youth. It has been an area boasts the highest household incomes in Canada. Also home to Glendon College, part with a notable level of York Universitycriminal activity.
* '''Central North York Mills'''. Yonge St.and Leslie St, from Lawrence Ave to Highway 401 to Finch. Rural in character until after World War II, this is the central business and cultural district. Home to a performing arts centerthe famous Bridle Path, movie theatres, shopping centers lined with multi-million dollar estates and other amenitiesmansions, the this area boasts significant concentration the highest household incomes in Canada. Also home to Glendon College, part of highrise condo buildings and an impressive skylineYork University.
* '''Lawrence ManorCentral North York''' Allen Rd. to Avenue Rd.Yonge St, Briar Hill Ave. to from Highway 401to Finch. Developed Rural in the 1950scharacter until after World War II, this is the heart of Jewish Toronto, when many Toronto Jews moved out of the city corecentral business and cultural district. Many orthodox Jews live on the residential streets off BathurstHome to a performing arts center, which is lined with synagoguesmovie theatres, Hebrew schoolsshopping centers and other amenities, bookstores, delis the area boasts significant concentration of highrise condo buildings and kosher marketsan impressive skyline.
* '''Little MoscowLawrence Manor''' Bathurst from Sheppard . Allen Rd to Steeles and Steeles from Dufferin Avenue Rd, Briar Hill Ave to YoungeHighway 401. Known for its Russian populaceDeveloped in the 1950s, with a large Russian this is the heart of Jewish populationToronto, one will find various stores with russian signswhen many Toronto Jews moved out of the city core. As in it's multi-ethnic namesake cityMany orthodox Jews live on the residential streets off Bathurst, there're Russianswhich is lined with synagogues, UkraniansHebrew schools, Georgiansbookstores, delis and other ethnic groups from former USSR. It has grown significantly since breakup of the USSR and has recently swollen into Thornhill and Richmond Hillkosher markets.
* '''Korean StripLittle Moscow''' Yonge St. between Churchill Blvd. Bathurst from Sheppard to Steeles and Steelesfrom Dufferin to Younge. Second largest Known for its Russian populace, with a large Russian Jewish population of Koreans in Toronto next to Little Korea downtown, it is one of the largest congregation of Koreans outside of their native landwill find various stores with russian signs. Known for its karaoke FridaysAs in it's multi-ethnic namesake city, there're Russians, Ukranians, Georgians, and other ethnic groups from former USSR. Large numbers It has grown significantly since breakup of Chinese live here as wellthe USSR and has recently swollen into Thornhill and Richmond Hill.
* '''Persian SectionKorean Strip''' . Yonge St. between Finch Churchill Ave and Steeles. Many Persian grocers and restaurants line this section Second largest population of Yonge StreetKoreans in Toronto next to Little Korea downtown, while it is one of the residential streets house a large Persian populationlargest congregation of Koreans outside of their native land. Known for its karaoke Fridays. Some Large numbers of Chinese live here as well. You'll find the cheapest and best Shish Kebabs, Halva, and Baklava can be purchased herePersian Section bleeds into the Korean strip to the south.
* '''DownsviewPersian Section''' Downsview was originally a farm located in the 1870s near the present-day intersection of Keele Street . Yonge St between Finch and Wilson AvenueSteeles. It now extends beyond the intersection Many Persian grocers and restaurants line this section of Sheppard Avenue and Dufferin Yonge Street, in while the former City of North York. The area includes several residential streets house a large post-WWII subdivisionsPersian population. It includes Downsview AirportSome of the cheapest and best Shish Kebabs, Halva, and Baklava can be purchased here. You'll find the former site of Canadian Forces Base Downsview, recently largely converted Korean strip bleeds into an urban park known as [[Downsview Park]]. The airport is still used as a manufacturing and testing facility for Bombardier Aerospacethe Persian Section to the north.
* '''Downsview'''. Downsview was originally a farm located in the 1870s near the present-day intersection of Keele Street and Wilson Avenue. It now extends beyond the intersection of Sheppard Avenue and Dufferin Street, in the former City of North York. The area includes several large post-WWII subdivisions. It includes Downsview Airport, the former site of Canadian Forces Base Downsview, recently largely converted into an urban park known as [[Downsview Park]]. The airport is still used as a manufacturing and testing facility for Bombardier Aerospace. * '''Jane and Finch Corridor''' . The area is roughly bounded by Highway 400 to the west, Black Creek Ravine to the east, Grandravine Drive to the south, and Shoreham Drive to the north within Downsview. The Jane-Finch community has long been a media darling, with attention focussed on crime and gang activities. While there is little doubt that Jane-Finch has crime, there are other areas of North York and Toronto which have similar challenges. It also has one of the highest proportions of youth, sole-supported families, refugees and immigrants, low-income earners and public housing tenants of any community in Toronto. In January 2009, there was an effort to return to its original community name of University Heights to get rid of its notorious tag.
* '''Flemingdon Park''' is bordered on the north by Eglinton Avenue East, on the west by the Don River (west branch), and on the east and south by the Don River (east branch). The 2 branches of the Don join at the neighbourhood’s southwest corner. The south border is technically a parkland access road formerly known as Old Lawrence Avenue. The community derives its name from its original owner, Robert John Fleming, the mayor of Toronto in 1892-1893 and 1896-1897, and the nearby Don River. This is another community with a significant criminal rate as well as highest proportions of immigrant, low income and sole-support families.
== Get In in==
===Public Transit===
Central North York developed as a result of the subway and it is, therefore, easily accessible by transit. The Sheppard, North York Centre and Finch stations on the Yonge line and the Yonge station on the Sheppard line all serve central North York. From York Region, Viva express buses run to the Finch subway station, as do GO commuter buses and a large number of TTC buses.
Other areas of North York are not served by rapid transit (subways). Some areas are well served by bus, with waiting times as little as 5 minutes between buses, while other areas are less well served, resulting in times as long as 20 to 30 minutes between buses, particularly outside rush hours.
== See ==
* <see name="Black Creek Pioneer Village" alt="" address="1000 Murray Ross Pkwy" directions="One set of lights east of Jane Street, on the South side of Steeles Avenue (follow the Village signs). TTC: Bus Steeles 60 West route from Finch subway station or Jane 35 route from Jane subway station. YRT: From the York University Terminal take the Route 10 (Woodbridge) bus or the Route 20 (Jane-Concord) bus to Jane Street & Steeles Avenue. From the Vaughan Mills terminal take the Route 20 (Jane-Concord) bus to Jane Street & Steeles Avenue" phone="+1 416 667-6295" email="" fax="" url="http://www.blackcreek.ca" hours="" price="">To visit Black Creek Pioneer Village is to journey back in time to discover life in early Ontario. The Village is an example of a typical crossroads community found in the Toronto area during the 1800s. Here you will do much more than just learn about history. You will taste it, smell it, touch it, hear it and walk through it. As you explore 40 carefully restored heritage homes, shops & gardens, history will come alive as interpreters and artisans in period dress help you discover how settlers lived, worked and played.</see>
* <see name="Edwards Gardens and the Toronto Botanical Gardens" alt="" address="777 Lawrence Ave E" directions="South west corner of Leslie Street and Lawrence Avenue East, accessible from Eglinton Station, take Lawrence East Bus 54 or 54A" phone="+1 416-392-8188" email="" fax="" url="http://www.toronto.ca/parks/parks_gardens/edwardsgdns.htm" hours="Dawn to dusk every day, year round" price="">35 acres of 20th century naturalistic parkland famous for rhododendrons, seasonal perennials, roses and wildflowers on the uplands.</see>
*<see name="Ontario Science Centre" alt="" address="770 Don Mills Rd" directions="Don Mills Rd south of Eglinton Ave E" phone="" url="http://www.ontariosciencecentre.ca/" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">It has several hundred interactive and passive exhibits focusing on science and nature.</see>
 
== Do ==
== Learn ==
* '''York University''' founded in 1959 as an offspring of the University of Toronto, is one of three universities in Toronto and is quite excellent in its education offerings. Some would say that its northerly location in the suburbs of the city give it a homey feel while its structure and landscape are breathtaking. Others feel that it is remote and lacking in architectural distinction. Visiting the university is easy, it may be accessed by the 106 bus from Downsview subway station on the University-Spadina line.
* '''Seneca College''' is the main community college serving North York (though Humber College Institute of Technology & Advanced Learning attracts many students from the western part of North York especially). Seneca has several campuses, the largest in the eastern section.
== Work == == Buy ==
* '''Centre Point''' Located at Yonge and Steeles, the place is the last bastion within the city of Toronto for a one stop shop on Yonge Street, although quality and selection are not the greatest.
* '''Yorkdale Mall''' Yorkdale Shopping Centre was 1,200,000 sq.ft. when it opened in 1964 with 110 stores. It cost 44 million dollars to build. Today Yorkdale is over 1,600,324 sq.ft. and has over 200 stores and services. An additional 165,000 sq.ft. of state-of-the-art entertainment and retail space have been added in the summer of 1999 thus making a visit to Yorkdale a better shopping experience than ever before. It is the best mall to visit in Toronto outside the downtown core. The mall is easily accessible by transit, with a subway station of the same name on the University-Spadina line as well as a bus station services by GO commuter buses and local TTC buses.
== Eat ==
* '''Tovli's''' South of Steeles and Bathurst, Tovli's serves tradition Isreali Middle Eastern foods, no pork allowed!
* '''Elsewhere''' There are dozens of plazas and strip malls in North York that beg for exploration. Don't be dissuaded by visions of suburban purgatory! If you have your own transportation, you can explore and sample tasty authentic Persian, Middle Eastern, Korean, Japanese, Russian, Jewish, Chinese, Caribbean, Indian, Latin American or classic diners and more. Often at better prices and greater quality than downtown strips. When multiculturalism is talked about in Toronto, it is the areas of North York, Scarborough and Etobicoke
== Drink ==
Asahi, at the North West Corner of Bathurst and Steeles is a great place to grab a dinner if you aren't in the mood for anything too fancy and very reasonably priced. Staff are also exceptionally friendly.
== Sleep == 
*<sleep name="Hotel Novotel Toronto North York" alt="" address="3 Park Home Avenue" directions="" phone="416-733-2929" url="http://www.novotel.com/gb/hotel-0910-novotel-toronto-north-york/index.shtml" checkin="" checkout="" price="" lat="" long=""></sleep>=== Budget ===
=== Mid-range ===
=== Splurge ===
== Stay Safe safe==
Like any major city, North York (as part of Toronto) has its share of crime, though far less than the rate found in American cities of equal (and even smaller) size. While it is easy to name specific areas (Jane and Finch, Don Mills and Finch) these are based as much on local legend as police data. Additionally, they tend to be out of the way and purely residential areas and so most tourists will have little reason to venture to them. A lot of the crime is gang-on-gang and in the wee hours. Practice good safety routines, keep your wits and you'll be fine. Plan your route ahead of time as best you can and avoid walking alone at night in deserted areas. Feel free to enjoy late night events, sights, sounds and smells in areas with lots of people. All said, North York is generally one of the safer areas of Toronto, and there is little to fear. If you seem lost or confused, simply ask someone!
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