In The Spotlight: Paul Oberman

Paul Oberman 1957 – 2011

Paul Oberman was born in Toronto in 1957 and died tragically in March of this year. Over the span of 30 years, he built a distinguished career in real estate development, with a particular eye and interest in sensitive and sophisticated, heritage restoration. He leaves behind a physical legacy of extraordinary buildings and a deep care about the city of his birth and every community he has served. Under Oberman’s leadership as President and CEO, Woodcliffe Corporation has demonstrated a commitment to heritage preservation — developing, acquiring, marketing, and managing historic properties. Continue reading

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Introducing: Nadège Patisserie. Queen West’s prettiest pastry shop joins the five thieves in Rosedale

Nadège Patisserie’s new 700-square-foot Rosedale space

Fourth-generation confectioner Nadège Nourian won over many Toronto palates when she opened her eponymous Queen West bakery and café almost two years ago—it’s become a destination for high-end pastries. This week, Nourian, along with her front-of-house manager and partner Morgan McHugh, opened a second store in Rosedale, bringing a little bit of Paris to the gourmet strip. Continue reading

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CUI Awards recognize Urban Leaders across Canada

May 11, 2011, Toronto, Ontario –  Eleven individuals and groups who are making Canada’s cities healthier, safer, and more dynamic places to live and work have been chosen as the winners of this year’s Urban Leadership Awards program.

Ranging from a group of community animators to an international film festival, to individuals who have dedicated years to combating poverty or enriching the cultural fabric of their city, the winners this year once again demonstrated creativity, resourcefulness, and dedication to improving quality of life in cities across Canada. Continue reading

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Loss of a local heritage development visionary

The man behind the redevelopment of the North Toronto railway stationdies in plane crash.

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Last month, the life of one of the area’s most respected real estate developers ended after a small plane he was travelling in crashed en routeto Quebec City. Local resident Paul Oberman was the CEO of heritage development company Woodcliffe Properties, and many say he setthe standard when it came to revitalizing and preserving Toronto’s old buildings. Continue reading

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A developer whose focus was heritage

Under his guidance, new stories were fashioned for antique buildings

Paul was a wonderfulcombination of refinementand big vision. He believed inthe possibility of the greatnessof the city. He was a big,wonderful spirit, a goodlistener, a very astute businessperson, and a patient person. Continue reading

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New York Minute – March 13th 2011

How do I grieve?

How do I give in to this feeling of complete and utter shock, emptiness, all the layers of sadness. I lost a friend last week to a terrible and so unexpected plane crash. He was in the middle of his wonderful life full of romance, success and beautiful children. It made my heart stop. While he was missing and we were in limbo about his where about and being I simply felt disbelief, shock that I just received this phone call by his wife, asking me to help alert people (I have family and friends in the state where the plane apparently went down). Geez, I even went teaching a crowded yoga class, guided them through their vigorous evening Vinyasa; a class my students are looking forward to, and I love to teach. This time, I smiled and cheered and rocked with them but my mind was miles and miles away, somewhere in the deepest forest of snowed in Maine, just below the Canadian border. There my friend, so I later learned did not survive. Continue reading

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Demolition by Neglect

On Monday Paul Oberman, the prolific developer who built a fortune preserving Toronto’s heritage, died in the crash of a small plane in Maine. This week I thought of Mr. Oberman as I walked up Yonge Street and passed two of the city’s most remarkable old buildings, north of Queen Street on the east side: the former Bank of Commerce building at 199 Yonge and the former Bank of Toronto building at 205 Yonge. Continue reading

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In Memory of Paul Oberman

I’m sure we’ve all met people who we knew were world class. For me, Paul Oberman was that special type of person. 

I’ve known Paul for almost 6 years. I first met him while I was teaching his nephews physics and math at a private school. After some time talking to the family about how much I love real estate, they finally introduced me to him. Continue reading

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Foodie heaven reopens on Robbers Row

After four and a half years of trying to operate out of a portable trailer during the renovation of the city’s premier gourmet row, All The Best Fine Foods has just moved into its glam new digs. Continue reading

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Paul Oberman, Friend and Supporter of the ACO, Killed in Plane Crash

paul obermanPaul was killed last night, while flying from Halifax to Quebec City. 

It was an honour last fall to stand with Paul Oberman as the ACO gave him an award for his tireless work trying to save the hangars at Downsview Airport. In fact, whenever there was a heritage issue during my time as President, I would consult with Paul. He had a real vision of heritage, and spared no expense to do it right. His projects are the background for almost every heritage image of Toronto; I used to joke with him that if he had a nickel for every tourist postcard shot of the Flatiron Building, he would be a rich man. Continue reading

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