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and other little distractions near the south end of Leslie Street.

below:  The bright red walls of The Duke stand out at the corner of Queen Street East and Leslie Street.

Leslie and Queen Street east, looking west on Queen towards The Duke, a bright red building, restaurant and bar.

below: Just to the south of Queen, this red door marks Memory Lane

below: On the same brick building as the door above there is a window with eight panes of cloudy glass surrounded by a thin red line.

old glass window with 8 panes of glass, old, red window frame, brick building

This is 1233 Queen Street East and it was formerly Lee’s Food Products.  China Lily brands soy sauce was produced here for about 70 years.   The building was constructed in 1920 and was first used as a billiards house with apartments above.  Yeat Yum Lee bought the building in 1947 and turned it into offices and a factory for his food products.

There was an attempt last September to have the building designated as a heritage site but if the Lithos Group (the development company that owns the property) website is accurate, the old building is about to be demolished.  Another condo with blah (i.e. non-existent) street level planning.   The blue and white city development notice on the building says that there will be 132 residences on 8 storeys (with retail at street level).  There will be parking for only 10 cars.

below: Metal tower (container?) on the side of the Lees building.  The Duke is on the other side of Leslie Street.

large shiny metal column with a red exterior ladder, beside a brick building with red trim

below:  Front window of 1233 Queen Street East

front bay window of 1233 Queen East, red window frame, brown brick building, empty, soon to be demolished

below:  Like many empty buildings that are waiting to be demolished, the walls become a canvas for graffiti artists to take advantage of. Here, two identical faces with different tastes in drinks.

three paper graffiti wheatpaste on a red door. in the middle are two identical faces merged together back to back. on the left is a ridged glass drinking glass and on the right is another glass

below: Multicoloured diamond shaped ‘scales’ on the iguana…. or is it a chameleon who can’t decide what colour it needs to be?

on a concrete window sill, exterior, a graffiti chameleon coloured with many different diamonds

below:  More wheatpaste on a brick wall.

Two paper wheatpaste graffiti on a brick wall. One is a woman with wings on her back holding a very large paint brush over her shoulder, black paint dripping from it. The other is a hand holding a piece of white paper with a very large black ink blot or paint splash on it

below: The Duke, a solid brick building built by James Morin in the 1870s as the Morin House Tavern.  Morin had been a grocer who went into the brick business; he was the first in the east end to make mechanized pressed bricks.  It was renamed ‘The Duke of York’ in 1912 in honour of Prince Edward – Duke of York & Albany.  If you are interested in the history of this part of the city, Leslieville History has a webpage full of information and stories

The Duke, a bright red building, seen from Leslie Street south of Queen

red wall of the Duke, with a red door, and yellow hydro pole wire protectors

below: Fading MEN at The Duke (it’s a big step up…. or down)

wood door with small window in the top of it, on a red brick building

below: In a nearby alley, “Eat the rich”!  The fork is provided.

graffiti, red writing on white wall that says eat the rich

below: Beside, and in, the window of a Thai restaurant.  I was a bit hesitant about the “Piss Riffin” on the sticker but as it turns out, it’s a podcast where they talk about  things “that matter like life , love and most importantly piss!”  So consider yourself warned before you click that link!

looking in a window at at Thai woman mannequin, wall beside window has a mailbox with a Shoppers drug Mart flyer in it and a sticker on it.

below: Gas pumps on queen just because (I like the chaos of competing shapes and colours).

view of gas pumps at a station on Queen street east

below: Part of a mural by Rowell Soller

Mouth and nose, part of a mural by Rowell Soller,

below: Another nose nearby – but a much larger one!  Beware of nasal drip!

large 3 d sculpture of a nose, mounted on red board, over a door of a store, now closed and boarded up

on bright green background a black and white sticker of a mans face

on a wood fence, a large three dimensional metal star