Danforth Village, nicknamed “The Danny” by the residences, is the neighbourhood that runs along the Danforth east from Greenwood to Victoria Park, south of East York, and north of the railway tracks and the Upper Beaches. The busy strip includes the residential streets than run off of the Danforth including the East Lynn Park area, just west of Woodbine.
The heart of the village was initially the intersection of Danforth and Dawes,which in the 1800s was a postal village with a general store. The land was built by the Taylor family who operated the brickworks. When the railway was built, this intersection also had a train station. The village was called “Little York” and then became part of the Town of East Toronto. When the Prince Edward Viaduct was completed, a streetcar track was built in1918 and a streetcar track was built through the hood called the Luttrell Loop.
The Danforth streetcar line was a suburb that developed from the 1910s through to the 1930s and this when most of the homes were built. The streetcar was replaced by the subway system in 1966 with the stops which defines the neighbourhood today: Donlands, Greenwood, Coxwell,Woodbine, Main Street, and Victoria Park.
Danforth Village has its own BIA, most of the stores are small independent shops and restaurants, some Greek and many of them catering to the Muslim community, as well as Shopper’s World, the shopping plaza at Victoria Park. We can call this neighbourhood one of “up and coming” in the east end. The closest Starbucks, the symbol of neighbourhood gentrification, is on the outskirts at Danforth and Jones but there are a few trendy coffee places where the term “barista” is used, a scattering of great new pubs and bars, and an outdoor summer Farmers Market in East Lynn Park. There’s a newly built 3 story community centre complex with a pool just south of Danforth on Main.
Like East York and the Upper Beaches, this is a great area for ﬁrst-time buyers, many of the homes are affordable semi-detached with the bonus of being close to the Bloor-Danforth subway line which is ideal for commuting. It’s close all the amenities East York has to offer and a short bus ride down to the Beaches. From busier section in the east to the more residential Woodbine to Greenwood stretch, The Danny is a diverse neighbourhood with something for everyone and great community spirit.
The Danny Top 5:
East Lynn Park – We know it seems odd to put a park here, but East Lynn is more a hub of community activity than a park. A weekly Farmers Market from spring to fall, outdoor movie nights and an incredible Arts Fair that happens in the fall make this park homebase for Danny activity.
The Only Cafe – A Godfather in the beer culture in Toronto, The Only has been slinging up cask beer and 24 on tap beers for over 30 years. It’s bright front is the keystone of a strip of businesses that has built itself around this local gem. Live music every night, kombucha on tap and a great atmosphere make this unique spot a must see.
Red Rocket Coffee – This is the place for caffeine addicts to get their fix. They pulled up stakes from their Queen East location and moved up to the Danforth in 2014. Maybe they knew this area is primed to be the next “it” community? Great coffee, no pretensions. A perfect match for the area.
Len Duckworth’s Fish and Chips – This institution of fish and chips opened on The Danforth in the 1930s and has fed generations of East Enders. A no frills decor and simple menu make you nostalgic for a time you never actually lived in.
Dentonia Park Golf Course – This city owned golf course is a perfect spot for beginners who fear the high fees and harsh judgements of a private club. Nobody here cares if your clubs match or your swing is laughable. Holding the distinction of the only golf course next to a subway station, this place is a great opportunity to get your golf game on.