A walk along Queen Street East from Broadview to Greenwood.
below: Welcome to Riverside, mural at the corner of Queen and Grant streets featuring the sign on the Queen bridge as it crosses over the Don River.
below: Farther east on Queen Street, at Curzon, there is this ‘Greetings from Leslieville’ mural.
There are many interesting little stores on this stretch of Queen Street.
All the benches have been painted in cheerful colourful stripes.
below: On the 21st of April (yesterday), Queen Elizabeth II celebrated her 90th birthday.
A number of stores and restaurants had displays in her honour.
Queen Street East was developed as long ago as the mid 1800’s and remnants of various decades can be found as one explores the area.
below: … details such as this fading Canada Dry sign. The formula for Canada Dry ginger ale was developed in the early 1900’s by John J. McLaughlin, of the same McLaughlin family whose early automobile factory led to the start of General Motors. This ginger ale was patented in Toronto in 1907. Usually the words ‘Canada Dry’ are written in red, not yellow. Is there a time when Canada Dry used yellow lettering?
below: At the corner of Queen and Coady there is also a ghost sign for Coady Sweets as well as an advertisement for Coca-Cola.
below: An old KitKat advertisement on the side of Boston Discount Store. If you look closely, there is also an original Boston Ave street sign at the top right of the KitKat ad.
below: Even older are the buildings in the mural of Queen St. East circa 1926. I am not sure if this an accurate depiction of a particular stretch of Queen Street. It might be interesting to do some research to find out if the picture can be retaken, 90 years later. So far I have been unable to find out anything about a Jackson Brothers store on Queen East.
below: A sign of the new, some of the new TTC streetcars are now running along Queen Street.
below: A mural depicting Frank Zappa along with the words
“Stupidity has a certain charm. Ignorance does not.”
below: Like so many places and streets in Toronto, there are condos going up here too.
below: The railway tracks pass over Queen Street. A number of years ago the underpass was decorated with paintings of different animals and those paintings remain in good shape.
below: Once upon a time trains served this area. There was a railway station here but it is long gone.
“In 1896, the Grand Trunk Railway opened its Queen East Station to serve Toronto’s growing east end. Renamed Riverdale Station in 1907, the building stood here on De Grassi Street at Queen Street East. Its dramatic turret, bay window, and a deep overhanging roof were defining features typical of small railway stations of the period.
In 1904, a streetcar collided with a freight train at the level crossing on Queen Street East, killing three people and injuring 18. This and subsequent accidents led to the elevation of the new Union Station railway corridor above city streets and sidewalks. The station was moved in 1927 to accommodate the new embankment for the underpass, the first of nine to be completed. Dwindling passenger numbers during the Great Depression led to the closure of Riverdale Station in 1932 and its demolition in 1974.”
below: Looking west from under the railway bridge.
below: A train themed mural in an alley just off Queen Street.