10 most frum streets in Thornhill
You know them, you probably live on one of them (if not extremely close, or off the streets), and you probably frequent whatever it is that makes it necessary to visit them. They are the frum streets of Thornhill. And we’ve decided to make a list of the ten most frum ones.
Just a side note: We are NOT counting Bathurst Street, because let’s be honest folks… It’s a given. Anyone who knows anything about the Jewish community in Thornhill know that everything revolves around Bathurst Street (hence the freaking title of this blog). We’re talking about landmark areas in Thornhill, streets that define where things happen in the community.
The list is in no particular order.
And my apologies to those who frequent the streets north of Centre Street, west of Aish, and south of the train tracks. You’re just not frum enough to make the list. There’s one exception…which we’ll get to on the list.
Clark Ave: Do I really need to provide an explanation for this street? Let’s see: the BAYT, Aish (Thornhill Community Shul), the Sobey’s Plaza – aka the capital/epicenter of Jewish Thornhill and the street that allows you to get to other frum streets like York Hill, Atkinson and Hilda. And let’s not forget two of the unsung hubs in the neighbourhood: The Bathurst & Clark Public Library and the Garnett Williams Community Center. What would we do without Clark?
York Hill Blvd: I challenge you to name me one street in Thornhill that has more frum Jews living on it. I’m not talking about the highest percentage of frum Jews (see the “Crescents” in the honourbale mentions below), I’m talking about the street where the most amount of Jews living on it. York Hill provides close proximity to those who attend the BAYT, Chabad, and even those willing to walk to Aish or Ateres Mordechai. And of course how else are you going to reach the “crescents” without going on to York Hill? Chances are you probably know too many people who live on York Hill. And another thing people don’t always realize or remember is that York Hill goes past Hilda (even though one of my friends told me it doesn’t really go past Hilda).
Chabad Gate: This street is responsible for two vital places in Thornhill: the Mac’s plaza & Chabad. The Mac’s plaza is like the little brother of the Sobey’s plaza – it’s pales in comparison, but nonetheless fills it’s role quite nicely as the secondary source of nachas for providing the mundane things needed by the community. It’s also like the younger brother because it includes that trait of being annoying due to the masses of young OTDs/rebels causing a ruse by engaging in the horrendous practice of chilling. Nonetheless, you can always count on the plaza for a good slushie and a reasonably priced slice of pizza or a falafel at Yehudales. And of course… there’s Joe Boos 🙂
And then there’s Chabad, which you know… is Chabad.
For such a tiny street, it’s amazing how much it provides for the community.
Spring Gate Blvd: There was this one time when I thought wondered which street was more frum: York Hill or Spring Gate… And then I came to my senses. Lots of frum people do live on the street and it ‘s also the gateway for many other frum streets like Atkinson, Faye Court, Bevshire, Tangreen and even the the dead end path where Campbell ends – which is VERY important for those who frequent Ateres Mordechai.
Theodore Place: Three words: Rich Frum Jews. ‘Nuff said.
Franklin Ave: Now here’s a street that provides proximity to many shuls including Associated, Netivot, Ateres Mordechai, Beis Franklin (duh…) and a route, albeit further, to the BAYT. Like Spring Gate, many frum Jews live on the street and in my personal opinion – they include some of the nicest people in the community. That’s not saying people who live on other streets are not friendly, I’m just expressing my own personal opinion that people who live on Franklin are awesome. Franklin is also the home of Aretz Originals, the women’s clothing store, which is located in the basement of 91 Franklin. My mom briefly worked there as well.
Arnold Ave: I’d like to just say See Theodore Circle, but that would be an incomplete description of what the street has to offer. Why you ask? Two words: Ateres Mordechai. What an outstanding ascent this place made in the community. It’s not too far from the BAYT and it certainly offers a nice alternative to the established shuls in the neighbourhood. I could go on, but you get the picture. And if you don’t, you better check it out for yourself.
Atkinson Ave: I was this close to leaving this street out but then I remembered that Associated + Netivot are on the street. My rationale was that although pretty much everyone has to drive down it at point during the day/week, it’s only really a gateway street to get to and from the aforementioned frum streets. I think I thought better to put it on the list.
Bevshire Circle: In my opinion, this street should be renamed Camp Bevshire, because of how much of a playpen this street is for those who live on it. This street is a throwback to those friendly nieghbourhood streets, where kids play together outside, visit friends at their houses, all the parents know one another, and where everything seems very much idyllic. When I went for a Shavuos lunch at a house on the street, there were kids coming in an out at a non-stop rate, particularly coming for snacks. You could call it the camp tuck shop. And notwithstanding the atmosphere, Bevshire also acts as the shortcut for those going to and from the BAYT for those north of Clark – a huge time-saver.
Ner Israel Drive & Noam Court: This an obvious inclusion, albeit beyond the normal boundaries of the Thornhill Jewish community. The street is of course the home of the Ner Yisroel yeshiva as well as those who don’t necessarily live on the campus, but rather live on the adjoining Noam Court – i.e. Kollel families. This area is without question it’s own little hidden and secluded community within the community. If you’ve never been there, you wonder if people actually leave – or if there’s a designated person who leaves to pick up food and supplies for the entire neighbourhood. It is without question a landmark in the Thornhill Jewish Community. I’m certain there’s an eiruv for it as well (you’d think…).
Honourable Mention: The Crescents: Crown Heights, Esther, Lisa, Gailcrest & Dana.
Some time later we’ll do a similar list with Toronto streets.
Feel free to agree, disagree, point out omissions etc.
Posted on December 21, 2011, in Bathurst Street, Bayt, Clark Avenue, Lists, On The Streets, Thornhill and tagged Arnold Ave, Ateres Mordechai, Atkinson Ave, Bathurst Street, Bayt, Beis Franklin, Bevshire Circle, Centre Street, Chabad Gate, Clark Ave, Dana Crescent, Franklin Ave, Frum Thornhill, Ner Israel Drive, Ner Yisroel, Noam Court, Spring Gate Blvd, Theodore Place, Thornhill, Thornhill Streets, York Hill Blvd. Bookmark the permalink. 5 Comments.