NDG is the centre of Montreal. It is the greatest community in the world! It is the home of a great many of Montreal's finest artists, of Concordia University and was the hometown of the greatest athlete in history, Doug Harvey. It features a very eclectic mix of residents, from those living in homes worth well in excess of $1M to a good number of people living in very small and insufficient apartments, rooming houses and group homes. In addition to this, NDG features a wide mixture of ethnicities, which serve to add to our neighbourhood's charm. On the eastern end of the community is NDG Park (soon to be renamed Jackie Wallace Park). This is a beautiful green space with baseball field, hockey and skating rink in winter and a very nice dog park. In 2017, the trees in the park were decimated by a microburst. Thankfully, the City of Montreal has planted many new trees and the park is back to its former glory. In the centre of the community is Confederation Park, featuring Kensington Pool, the areas only public swimming pool, Doug Harvey Arena as well as an artificial ice outdoor rink funded by the Montreal Canadiens. On the western side of the community is Loyola Park, another beautiful green space with multiple baseball fields, soccer/football fields (one artificial turf) and hockey/skating rinks in the winter. This was the park where Doug Harvey used to 'school' the local young hockey talents, daring anyone and everyone to take the puck off him as he skated up and down the outdoor rink in the '50's and '60's. An NDG landmark, The Empress Theatre (renamed Cinema V) gutted by fire in the late 1990's sits in a sorry state of disrepair, awaiting restoration. NDG features 3 main commercial streets; Sherbrooke Street, Monkland Ave and Somerled Ave. These street are replete with great restaurants, legendary in all of Montreal and wider, such as Chalet BBQ, Cosmos, Momesso Submarines and Yangtze. Summer in NDG is festival season, with a great Street Fair on Monkland Ave, Porchfest, and NDG Art Hop to name but a few. It is also the longtime home of Ross Harvey, nephew of Doug and creator of this website. You can find Ross every day from 8:15-9:30am and 12:15-1:30pm at his 'office,' the two park benches outside Metro Grocers on the corner of Somerled and Walkley Aves. It would be his pleasure to meet and speak with you about your experiences in Montreal and/or NDG!
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