Hastings - Sunrise Part 4: Where We Are Today

Where We Are Today



Hastings-Sunrise today is a strong family-oriented community stretching from Boundary Road to Nanaimo Street, and from Broadway to Burrard Inlet. It is a true melting pot of many diverse cultural backgrounds. The Real Estate prices in this area offer some of the best value in all of Greater Vancouver. Because it is one of the oldest neighbourhoods, it has earned a reputation as Point Grey East; with its handsome canopied boulevards and abundance of cherry blossom trees.














 A new generation has given the area an infusement of contemporary restaurants, shops and galleries. After 63 years in business, Vancouver's Famous Waldorf Hotel has been re-imagined as a creative compound where contemporary art, music, food and culture convene under one roof. With newly renovated hotel rooms and lobby, two dining rooms, a freshly restored 1950's Tiki Bar and both nightclub and banquet spaces, ( The Cabaret and Leeteg Room) and a great hair salon called "Barbarella", there's something for everyone. Special events, unique spaces, great food and hospitality, there's always something going on at The Waldorf.









Down the street a tasty family eatery recently opened its doors at the corner of Hastings and Garden called The Red Wagon. A new class of diner, with classic dishes on the smallish menu but prepared to a higher standard of excellence. Super fresh ingredients, thoughtfully prepared at a reasonable price. Crayons for the kids and refreshingly low-key.









If you head down Hastings to the East, you'll come across a new-ish second hand store called TigerTiger - neat stuff.  Further east is the only yarn shop in miles, called Baaad Anna's. Great name - so for all you knitting types - you finally have a place in the neighbourhood to shop at. I laughed at a funny sign out front recently that read: "Knit Fast - Die Warm". A perfect fit for this gregarious neighbourhood.









About a year ago a new neon sign appeared at the corner of Clarke and East 6th - now known as the East Van sign. It is very cool and somehow captures the gritty, urban appeal of the East Side.










Burrard View Park


Imagine locating a 10 bed hospice, in a park, with a view of Burrard Inlet and the North Shore Mountains. The Cottage Hospice is operated by the St. James Social Service Society, which provides palliative care for terminally ill adults. The hospice opened in 1999 and is located in Burrard View Park overlooking the harbour and the NorthShore Mountains. The hospice occupies a restored class B historical building that was originally an orphanage called “Babies Cottage”, built in 1924 by the Children’s Aid Society. The park covers an entire city block. Imagine the joy of laughter and children's voices to the residents there with a daycare and school nearby.


 The Cottage Hospice

Another great neighborhood landmark has got to be the Dayton Boots sign on Hastings. The current owner bought out the store to keep the production end of the business in Vancouver, instead of going to mainland China. There's also a cobbler in the store, probably a little-known fact.







Down Hastings on the south side is another neighbourhood staple - Rio Friendly Meats. Brothers run the 28 year old business. The meats are varied and delicious and they really are friendly!








For the best alternative to the usual coffee shops, you've got to check out The Laughing Bean. You'll recognize the place because of the amusingly posed, colourful mannequins out front under their sign. The coffee is so good and so is the food. Served up by a invitingly quirky staff, this place is the perfect respite from your busy day.
Mural on the side of The Laughing Bean
So, many changes have taken place in this highly diversified neighborhood. Maintaining, it would seem, over the years, a unique sense of personality and a reverence for the importance of community.

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