Where are great places to live in New Brunswick?

Best restaurants Uptown Saint John

Despite current political strife and economic issues, New Brunswick is a great place to live - if - you like a small city or rural environment.

,Last year I wrote an answer on the positive and negative things about living in New Brunswick that is relevant to this question.

,One of the central points is your business, profession or trade.

IF you have wealth or a stable income New Brunswick can be a VERY nice place to live.

,A quick rundown??,Outside of Saint John the u201cold moneyu201d of New Brunswick lives in Rothesay.

Beautiful 19th century architecture, easy access to the old Loyalist city of Saint John with its City Market, downtown (called u201cuptownu201d in SJ for some reason), all consumer shops and malls, access to jobs in industry or careers in support.

SJ is slowly becoming a more cosmopolitan city.

The city itself is in a different weatherzone than Rothesay, and has some heavy industry.

The Kennebecasis Valley is somehow shielded from that.

That is why Rothesay is special.

,The City of Saint John has North Americau2019s (at one time) largest oil refinery, and a ship yard, and a pulp/paper mill, and a nearby nuclear power plant, and a fairly significant industrial brewery.

The population is around 70,000 in the city, probably servicing around 150,000 in the area.

It is the eastern terminus and port for what used to be the Canadian Pacific Railway.

A lot of the industry is owned by the Irving conglomerate.

The city has an extension campus of the provincial university and many degrees can be completed there.

There are some great features of Saint John - the old u201cuptownu201d zone - the waterfront living along the SJ river, the old charming saltbox houses and the Loyalist history are just starters.

LOTS to discover and learn to love about SJ.

The city has a lot in common with Boston and has much the same feel as Boston without the money or population.

,Also in the Fundy weather zone are St.

Stephen, St.

George, St.

Andrews, St.

Martins and Alma.

Probably St.

Andrews is my favourite, with St.

Martins coming along nicely as a very old spot with new exciting things happening.

Anywhere influenced heavily by the Bay of Fundy tides will have milder winters, foggier spring and fall, and cool and fresh summer.

Having a 15c mist descend in the middle of the day or early evening can be very romantic and refreshing in August but it is not such a positive thing when the temperatures are 0u20134c in November or April.

Lots of summer excitement in St.

Andrews with many New Englanders, Montreal and Toronto folk summering there.

I know of a restaurant/pub that is owned by ski folk who migrate between St.

Andrews and Sunday River.

,If you like more rural living, either the Saint John River or the Kennebecasis River valleys are spectacular.

Lush and green in the summers, colourful in the fall.

You can be on your own 200+ acre hobby farm, less than an hour from a job or office in Sussex, Saint John, Fredericton.

Or if your career suits, be in a trade or profession in one of the smaller towns of Sussex, Norton, Hampton, Quispamsis, Welsford, Grand Bay or Westfield.

,Just further up the SJ River, Oromocto deserves special mention.

It is the support and residential town of the adjacent Gagetown Canadian Forces Base.

That sets the tone for the town.

It is new by NB standards and claims to be the first u201cplanned cityu201d in Canada.

There are few vested interests, everyone came from somewhere else so newcomers are welcome and everyone is made to feel u201cat homeu201d.

There is bargain shopping for the military wives and guys, lots of activities and social stuff.

Easy access to outdoor life, canoeing, sailing, easy access to Fredericton (15 minutes) and the University of New Brunswick.

,Fredericton is my favourite city in NB.

It has light industry only and is heavily dominated by the University.

UNB deserves a mention as the oldest public university in North America, essentially in the u201cIvy Leagueu201d of Canada.

A beautiful tree lined campus, spectacular in the fall, bleak in the winter, green and lush in the spring and summer.

Academically it is a practical school with emphasis on Engineering, Computer Science, Education, Nursing, Law, Business, Geology, Forestry and Sciences.

There are also Economics, Psych, English, Math, History, Language departments of note.

All departments have noteworthy faculty and achievements.

Adjacent is a more liberal arts school, St.

Thomas University.

UNB/STU tend to attract faculty that enjoy or prefer teaching, with occasional research and papers to maintain u201ccurrencyu201d in their field.

Hard core researchers would be welcome but may find the universitiesu2019 emphasis didnu2019t suit or fund them well.

Fredericton is the Capital City of New Brunswick.

The population of the City is around 60,000.

Of that there are 10,000 students, 4,000 professors and support staff, plus several thousand provincial civil servants.

There is professional live theatre, a major art gallery, performing arts and sports from the University, good downtown and mall shopping.

Weather is a bit bleak in the winter, with more snow than SJ, but in the summer downtown Fredericton (nickname Freddy Beach) has an amazing southern feel, with long lazy days, overhanging trees and the SJ River, in autumn the weather is cool and crisp with colourful leaves and the buzz of students getting back to work.

Fredericton IS my favourite city in NB.

Incidentally, Fredericton is experiencing a microbrewery revolution and has six(6) new gastropub/microbreweries.

,Up the Saint John River Valley are Nackawic, Hartland, Woodstock and Perth Andover.

These are small towns that support the farming community along the river.

Good places of you want to hobby farm - but a bit far for a commute to Fredericton.

Many people live in Fredericton for their career and have a summer escape up the river or in the lakes north west of that city.

,In a completely different region, Moncton is a very interesting City.

Population is around 75,000 - Moncton having overtaken Saint John as the largest city in the province.

It services probably 150,000 in the area.

You may know NB is a bilingual province.

In NB, the only fully bilingual city is Moncton.

The Universitu00e9 de Moncton is a major French language presence, although the city is mostly English speaking.

Moncton is a distribution center for the entire region from Miramichi to Sussex.

Formerly a center for the Canadian National Railway, there is now no heavy industry.

That has been replaced by warehousing and trucking, shopping and services.

Moncton has the best shopping east of Montreal.

The adjacent City of Dieppe and Town of Riverview are bedroom communities.

Riverview is my home town.

There is good education, golfing, access to the beach areas of Shediac and to Fundy National Park, lots of outdoor activities, indoor and outdoor concerts.

Fifty thousand people showed up to hear the Rolling Stones when they played Magnetic Hill in Moncton.

Eighty thousand showed for the Tragically Hip.

The Casino in Moncton has become a regional entertainment center with concerts and gambling.

,The rural communities of Petitcodiac, Salisbury, Hillsborough and the entirety of Albert County are *mostly* within commuting distance of Moncton.

Similarly Shediac, Cocagne, even as far north as Bouctouche are also within a 45 minute commute of Moncton.

Downtown there is an active business district with pubs, bars, restaurants to serve the offices.

There will be a new sports complex downtown replacing one of the shopping malls.

There are some lovely homes.

I am partial to the Old West End, along the north side of Jones Lake.

Moncton is a commuting city though and living right in the city isnu2019t much of an advantage.

It can be pretty in the summer and fall.

In a climatic oddity, Moncton tends to get more snow than Fredericton even though it is closer to the ocean.

But it is ok - if you have resolved to live in NB, you have resolved to enjoy the snow.

It is probably the most active city in the Province, well worth an extra few inches of white stuff!,The neighbouring suburb of Moncton, the City of Dieppe, is the fastest growing city in Canada.

Thatu2019s good news and bad news for New Brunswick.

Good news in that Dieppe and Moncton have an inflow of new people from northern New Brunswick and along the Acadian coast.

Bad news in that those areas in the north have had near economic collapse.

Dieppe has bilaws similar to the Quebec language laws and is quite visibly French.

It is probably THE French city of NB at this point in history.

Donu2019t think of that as a negative - fun and great people - from a culture slightly different than mainstream Anglo Canada and USA.

That adds some richness to the milieu that you have to enjoy to understand.

The food, the mood, the parties, the music of le pays de lAcadie? Those wild party folk in Louisania, the Cajuns? Ils sont les du00e9placu00e9s et du00e9portu00e9s.

Tous sont des Acadiens.

Anglo? You are perfectly welcome, just party on, laugh, and remember how important history and language are to the people around you.

,The Acadian region is Memramcook, Shediac, the south shore of the Northumberland Strait, eastern shore of the Gulf of St.

Lawrence including Shediac, Cocagne, Buctouche, Richibucto, Rexton, Miramichi, east from there to Caraquet, Shippigan, then north to Bathurst, Campbelton, Dalhousie.

There is a saying, u201cThere is no shore like the nord shoreu201d.

Old Acadian families from 1620 onwards, old Scots/Irish families from 1760 onwards, old Loyalist families from 1775 onwards.

All of them love this region of NB.

At least one British Prime Minister born in the area, Bonar Law.

Also from Miramichi Sir Max Aitken, Lord Beaverbrook.

He was the British Minister of Aircraft Production - think Spitfires and Lancasters - under Churchill.

There are several Mikmaq first nations in the area.

One group had the last real shooting war between natives and the Canadian government over fishing rights.

This region IS Canada.

First Nations, Acadians, later Anglo/Scots/Irish settlement.

It is a great history.

It is heart wrenching to see the economy of the northern Acadian area in its current state.

Great opportunity for those with a little cash to own homes and land among some of Canadau2019s most welcoming and warm people.

,In the southern Acadian region along the ocean is mostly a cottage and fishing community.

Strange as it seems, there are some multi-million dollar homes.

This summer I recall seeing a Lamborghini parked in front of what looked like a palace along the water in Cap-Pelu00e9.

That may seem common to someone from Los Angeles, but my guess is that Lambo was the only one east of Montreal.

The Maritimes are NOT ostentatious.

The beaches in that region - all of it from Kouchibouquac to Cape Tormentine - are spectacular in June-July-August.

The area is heavily about fishing, farming and beach community, centered around Shediac.

As you go north, the center becomes the Miramichi.

,The north? Miramichi and beyond? Easy to buy a lovely home or farm in that area.

Unfortunately, they were mostly fishing, farming, mining and lumbering towns and those industries have all suffered collapse - except for specialties.

The Queen Crab fishery jumps into mind.

It has created a few millionaires among a decimated population.

People from these areas have moved en masse to the southern part of the province.

Along the coast it can be lovely in summer, bleak in winter.

The culture will be a mix of Acadian French and English with a noticeable First Peoples presence.

,There is an odd bright spot in that zone - specifically for retirees.

The former DEW airbase at Chatham has been converted to a retirement living center.

With the closing of the base and the collapse of much industry in the north, the houses have little capital value, despite being lovely modern homes.

Essentially, you can retire to Miramichi for the cost of maintenance only.

Complete cost of living in a suburban home with all services for as little as cdn$1000 per month.

That has been a huge boost to Miramichi, fueling some of local service economy and helping maintain the shopping and professional communities.

Oh, and donu2019t feel that I am negative on the whole region.

Nice people, some interesting activities and geography, high level of beauty, lots of working class people available to employ and befriend.

Part of my family comes from the area and I visit it often.

I have a life long soft spot for Lower Newcastle (Bartibog Bridge and Burnt Church, actually) as the place I learned to fish and swim as a boy.

,There are some other areas I havenu2019t mentioned.

The town of Sussex is a farming town once famous for its dairy products.

There was a great boom in Sussex in the 1970s-2000s with a huge potash mine just outside of the town.

That has closed, and the closure has left Sussex in a near collapse state as it contracts to be a farming support and market town again.

Some NICE homes available, nice people, rural values.

I am very fond of Sussex.

Eat ice cream in Sussex.

Buy a nice home.

Sussex former potash miners have retired (some did very well) or migrated west to new jobs and homes.

There are nice middle class homes and hobby farms available in Sussex for not-so-much money.

Population is around 5,000 servicing a farming district with maybe 40,000 people in the market area.

They shopping, schools, a hospital and a very civilized small town environment.

,Sackville is a university town.

Its economy is basically the support network, faculty and students for Mount Allison University.

Annually, MTA dominates the Macleans University Rankings as Canadau2019s top Primarily Undergraduate school.

If Canada had an Ivy League, MTA, like UNB, would be in it.

Beautiful campus.

Extensive performing arts program.

Top Fine Arts program.

Strong and well respected Commerce program.

Known as a liberal arts school.

Sackville is a pretty little town, within commuting distance of Moncton for work, the Northumberland Strait for beaches, or PEI for weekend escapes.

Shopping in adjacent city of Amherst, NS is fifteen minutes away, and Sackville has its own vibrant little downtown.

It is a great place to live, particularly if you have an offer to lecture in English, or be Artist in Residence or are somehow on faculty at MTA.

Students and faculty do commute from Moncton - but - they are missing something precious if they donu2019t live in Sackville.

Can be bleak in the winter, but makes up for it with performances at Convocation Hall, and the constant positive buzz of the University.

,And finally the North West corner of NB, sometimes known as the Madawaska Republic.

That really extends south to Grand Falls in the upper reaches of the Saint John River Valley.

The regional dialect there is an old Acadian variety of French, the speakers are called u201cbreyonsu201d.

They are fiercely protective of their culture and language.

It is an entertaining and great part of NB to visit.

The City of Edmundston is the economic center of the region.

Again, it is a lumbering and farming region.

I would live in the Republic if I had a good job offer there.

You might be a bit isolated with Fredericton and Quebec City being roughly equidistant.

,So, that is a fairly comprehensive rundown of areas of NB, although I probably have left out many peopleu2019s favourite spots.

,For me?,Unless you are born to rural life and love it, I would live in Fredericton, Moncton or Saint John in that order.

Anywhere in NB (with the vaguely possible exception of uptown SJ) you will need a car that is good in winter and on the highway.

If you have two jobs in your household, you may need a second car suitable to commute or shop in the city.

,In Fredericton, I would do my best to live on the old area between University Avenue and the River.

Why? I canu2019t say.

I just love that old city feel, the trees, the old houses and the idea of walking along the river past Christchurch Cathedral and Beaverbrook Art Gallery and the Legislature to have coffee downtown.

I love the Boyce Market for breakfast on Saturdays and drama at the Playhouse.

The Lunar Rogue, and the downtown FreddyB scene.

,If I stumbled into a job in Saint John, then I would do my best to live as close to the Shadow Lawn Inn in Rothesay as I could.

That area just seems like civilized old New England to me.

The movie Children of a Lessor God was filmed there if you want a preview of the look and feel of Rothesay.

You can find great stuff to do in SJ, or right at home there in Rothesay.

,In Moncton? I might look in West Riverview/Upper Coverdale along the Petitcodiac, or I might look at a place in the old west end, if one was for sale that I could renovate or make u201chomeu201d for me.

There are some spectacular new McMansions in Dieppe, but I am not quite in that spending category.

New developments there are *likely* some of the biggest and most expensive homes in NB.

High paid Acadian civil servants, professors from UdeM, lawyers, doctors.

,The good news is that all these places have lovely real property at roughly one quarter (25%) of the price - or less - of an equivalent spot in the Greater Toronto Area, or Vancouver/lower valley.

Half the price (50%) of an equivalent on the island in Montreal.

,The people in NB are welcoming, the culture is alive and warm.

nIt is a nice place to live.

Saint John Boardwalk restaurants

Ooft this is a hard one, as it was so So SO well cast originally! Iu2019d probably prefer it not to be re-made, but if it were hereu2019s my top picks below:,Michael Corleone - I saw someone suggest Ryan Gosling for this and I do think heu2019d do a great jobu2026 youu2019d have to dye his hair black, but if you watched him in Gangster Squad he can do the accent and all that u2014 but for me personally, my first choice would be Vincent Piazza (from Boardwalk Empire) - Young n handsome enough to pull off the college boy / war hero at the start routine, and then cool n calculated enough, very aloof, to become the ruthless gangsteru2026.


his portrayal as Luciano is very good, particularly in s5.

,Don Vito Corleone - this for me was the hardest choiceu2026.

My initial preference was to just have Robert De Niro reprise his role (seen as he plays young Vito in G2) as I think who can top that? Marlon Brando & Robert De Niro, what a tough act to followu2026.


but I know this answer wants new blood so I settled on u201cChazz Palminteriu201d from A Bronx Tale and Legendu2026.

heu2019s got the experience (heu2019s a little too old perhaps but Iu2019m sure we could age him down slightly at the start) and heu2019s got the cool, calm demeanour.

Iu2019m not sure he has the regal presence to play the part, but I still think heu2019d bring an interesting new take on an iconic character!,Santino u2018sonnyu2019 Corleone - I think another actor who could really pull this character off is Bobby Canavaleu2026.

Heu2019s another Boardwalk Empire pick but I think heu2019s got a rugged look to him like James Caan, he can really do the u201cwiseguy walk n talku201d and heu2019s good looking but not too good looking? Heu2019s also not too skinny etc, so you can sense a bit of strength / power from him.

He was also very good as Skinny Razor in The Irishman.

,Fredo Corleone - I saw someone suggest Joaquin Phoenix and I think that is an absolutely brilliant suggestion! Phoenix would be able to show the vulnerability of Fredo perfectly, but also having that manic edge to him where he could go so far as to betray his brother! Heu2019s also handsome enough to be u201cbanging cocktail waitresses two at a time!u201d But, I do think heu2019s a little too old for the part? I suppose we could dye his hair / put make up on him and shave his beardu2026.


I think his intense vulnerability style of performance would be brilliant after Don Vitou2019s shootingu2026.

,Tom Hagen - u2018the irish consigliereu2019 - I think a good candidate for this character is u201cCharlie Hunnamu201d - he can definitely do an American accent well, heu2019s blonde, and is quite smooth etc.

He really impressed me in The Gentlemen as an underboss type character (Raymond-o) so Iu2019d be inclined to give him this role:,^ (again, probably without the beard though) ^,Johnny Fontane - the famous Hollywood Godson - I quite like the idea of u201cJames Francou201d for this roleu2026.


heu2019s good looking and charismatic enough to pull off the famous routine, for the girls going crazy, but I also think heu2019d pull off the whining that leads to Don Vito striking himu2026.

and then having the acting chops to laugh it off! Not sure if he can sing or not but he could always just mimeu2026,Kay Adams - the love interest of Michael, the deer in the headlights so to speaku2026 Iu2019d go for an innocent yet seductive actress like u201cEmma Stoneu201d and if you cast Ryan Gosling as Michael Corleone then it makes double sense! I still think Piazza & Stone could pull it off well together though.

,Mama Corleone - Iu2019d actually love for the actress (Talia Shire) who played Connie to come back and play her original characters motheru2026 i think it would be cool! Itu2019s actually a really difficult role to cast, the dutiful Italian housewife who prays for her husbands soul dailyu2026.

If not Shire, Iu2019d go more motherly / slightly younger with u201cSharon Angelau201d who played Rosalie Aprile in the Sopranosu2026 she often played the sad widow and then the grieving mother so I think sheu2019d be good!,Connie Corleone - for this role Iu2019d like the actress u201cGia Montegnau201d (the daughter of Joe Montegna who played Joey Zasa in G3)u2026.

Sheu2019s actually potentially too attractive for the role, as Connie in the books is described as quite shrewish but I do think sheu2019s a good look for the role:,Carlo Rizzi - u2018the familial traitoru2019 - Connieu2019s abusive husband is a tricky casting, he needs to be good looking / charming whilst also being abusive / drunku2026.

sounds a little crazy but Iu2019d actually love to see Leo DiCaprio try his chops at this! Heu2019s a little too old anyway / the part is too small, so Iu2019d instead suggest u201cRiccardo Scamarciou201d - heu2019s fantastic in John Wick 2 and The Ruthless (itu2019s on Netflix check it out)u2026.

I can totally see him going from handsome charming groom, to bitter drunken cheating husband, to the ultimate betrayer of the Corleoneu2019s! [my second choice for this role would be Michael Pitt],Pete Clemenza - I think u201cPaul Sorvinou201d from Goodfellas could smash this roleu2026.

I actually toyed with having Sorvino in as Don Corleone himself, but I can just so easily envision Sorvino teaching Michael Corleone how to commit murder or saying u201cOo Paulie you wont see him no moreu201d - I think heu2019d be brilliant.

Heu2019d need aged down a touch but I still think he could pull it off:,[Honourable mention to u201cSteve Schirripau201d who played Bobby Bacala in the Sopranos, he is my (close) second choice for the Clemenza role!],Sal Tessio - u2018the senior traitoru2019 - I could see u201cTony Borgeseu201d better known under his stage name u201cTony Darrowu201d (who plays Larry Barese in Sopranos as well as the restaurant owner in Goodfellas) pulling off this role! Heu2019s quiet and softly spoken, but can do the walk and talk necessary to be a u2018capou2019.

Then the betrayal at the end and the calm plea for his lifeu2026,Luca Brasi - the enforcer - tough role to fill, the massive u201cboogeymanu201d of the Corleone Family.

Iu2019m aiming for a middle aged actor here.

I initially considered Ivo Nandi, but instead have saved him for a role belowu2026.

I think my top choice to play Brasi would be u201cRay Winstoneu201d, in a similar performance style to u2018Mr Frenchu2019 from The Departedu2026.

but I think a really close second would be u201cArmen Garou201d from The American Hustle & The Departed films.

He also is Coco in the Sopranos, heu2019s got a real menacing look to him / heu2019s pretty big which Luca needs to beu2026.

,Al Neri - the enforcer - Brasi 2.

0 is an equally hard role to fill, no older than like 40 but still having a fearsome presenceu2026.


itu2019s a really tough one, but Neri is a man of few words so itu2019s more about appearance & action, rather than vocalsu2026.

so I would go for retired boxer u201cLou Savareseu201d or someone similar to thatu2026.

an intimidating looking enforcer type, who is Michaelu2019s shadow.

A man of few words and violent actions.

Savarese would need younged down to play Neri, but could easily play Brasiu2026 Iu2019d potentially utilise this u201cformer fighteru201d choice for both Brasi & Neri as wellu2026.

,Rocco Lampone - the buttonman - the killer of Paulie and newly made man from Clemenzau2019s crew could realistically be anyoneu2026 as a result Iu2019ve gone for an actor I quite likeu2026 I was thoroughly impressed by this actor in The Irishman, for his portrayal of Crazy Joe Gallou2026.

his name is u201cSebastian Maniscalcou201d and I think heu2019d be good in this role as well, with his hair dyed black and beard shavedu2026.


I know heu2019s only got small cameos in the films but I think they could expand it a little and give Maniscalco a little more dialogueu2026.

[second choice would be Domenick Lombardazzi],Willie Cicci - I considered this actor, u201cJon Bernthalu201d for both Rocco & Al Neriu2026.

He could genuinely play eitheru2026.


but I ultimately settled on Cicci, the man who takes out Stracci & Sal Tessio in the filmsu2026.

I think Bernthal is tough enough / street enough to pull off the roleu2026 here he is below as Johnny Boy from the Many Saints of Newark:,Calo - one of Michaelu2019s bodyguards from Sicily, a man of few wordsu2026 I like the actor who played u2018Bufalou2019 from Romanzo Criminale, his name is u201cAndrea Sartorettiu201d - I think heu2019d be a good choice for the strong silent intimidating type / but actually be a good guy all things considered:,Before I get to the u2018villainsu2019 I thought it would be good to have a couple minor female roles in here too.


Apollonia - Michaelu2019s Sicilian bride, the woman described in the books as his u201cthunderboltu201d I think the actress u201cLavinia Guglielmanu201d would be a great choice:,Lucy Mancini - Sonnyu2019s mistress and the maid of honour at Carlo & Connieu2019s weddingu2026 I know sheu2019s only in a couple scenes in the film but I actually think sheu2019s quite an interesting character and itu2019s big insight into Sonny and the contrast between Don Vito and his eldest sonu2026.


I think a great actress to play her would be u201cAlexandra Doddariou201d as she could do a lot of flirtation with her nice eyes:,And nowu2026u2026 for the villains!,Paulie Gatto - the u2018junioru2019 traitor - I was also impressed with this actor in The Irishman, his name is u201cLouis Cancelmiu201d and I think he can play that rat type character really wellu2026.

,Don Emilio Barzini - the main villain - superbly cast in the original film, he is cold and calculating, his every appearance comes across as regal and powerful.

If you cast De Niro as Don Corleone, you could have Chazz Palminteri as Barzini insteadu2026.

Harvey Keitel could also easily do this roleu2026.


if not, Iu2019d say another potential modern day equivalent (and my personal favourite) is u201cGiampiero Judicau201d who plays Salvatore Maranzano in Boardwalk Empireu2026u2026,Moe Greene - the other villain - a potential option nowadays could be u201cDavid Provalu201d from Mean Streets & The Sopranos.

In both he shows how u2018Streetu2019 he can be, and he can do the cold stare and look truly evil when he wants tou2026 Originally i had Proval down to play Sollozzou2026.

Proval could definitely do u2018the stareu2019 that Sollozzo does, but Iu2019m not sure heu2019d be smooth & charming enough like the original actoru2026.


plus not sure if he speaks Sicilian, Iu2019d assume notu2026.

weu2019d also need to dye his hair as itu2019s very white now, so as a result I settled on the hotel running, explosive temper gangster Moe Greeneu2026.

I want to utilise Provalu2019s evil stare / foul mouth / explosive temper, so I think heu2019d be good as Greeneu2026.

hereu2019s a picture of Proval doing u2018the stareu2019:,Virgil u2018the Turku2019 Sollozzo - another villain - originally my second choice for Sollozzo, my u201cmore sicilianu201d choiceu2026.

an actor named u201dIvo Nandiu201d, who played Joe the Boss in Boardwalk Empireu2026 Heu2019s big and dangerous looking, but also smooth, cold and intimidatingu2026.


he is another master of u2018the stareu2019 :,Captain Mark McCluskey - u2018the crooked copu2019 - this guy would need to be a tough, jawbreaking cop, yet still be grey haired / old enough to be an experienced police captain.

u2026 a good candidate in my opinion would be u201cChristopher Walkenu201d - a little too old but I feel like heu2019d bring a really good, new energy to the character, and he could come across as really menacing:,oru2026 a bit more simple / slightly younger choice would be this dodgy cop from The Wire, an actor called u201cJohn Domanu201d whose character Rawls is very foul mouthed / ruthless:,Don Philip Tattaglia - u2018the dandy pimpu2019 / secondary villain - he could be portrayed by u201cVincent Pastoreu201d from The Sopranosu2026 he would be a new look for the part, but I like Pastore as he can a) pull off being a don, whilst b) somehow being less impressive than Corleone & Barzini casting choices.

Itu2019s good acting skill there.

,Bruno Tattaglia - the son of Don Philip the pimp, who helps Sollozzo set up the infamous Luca Brasi :o I like this actor u201cMax Casellau201d from the Sopranos, especially for his portrayal as bosses son Digger Pescatore in Live by Night:,Fabrizio - one of Michaelu2019s bodyguards in Sicily who eventually betrays him! I thought the actor who played Dandi in Romanzo Criminale would be perfect for this, his name is u201cAlessandro Rojau201d,and thatu2019s my listu2026.

Hope you enjoyed!

Chinese food Saint John

The Spanish Asian capital.

,The centre of Manila back then was the district of Intramuros (u201cInside the Walls), which contained all the government buildings, barracks, arsenal storages, markets, cathedral, universityu2026 this district acquired a more separate identity when the city expanded beyond the walls.

,It had a triangle shape roughly, with one side marked by the River Pasig north-west, by the beach of Manila south, and with all the roads coming out of the city north-east.

,Across the river there were the districts of San Nicolu00e1s, Binondo and San Miguel, which would properly expand in the 19th century along the Pasigs trade and incipient industrialisation.

North of the walls but on the same side of the river was the borough of Dilao.

The city had one bridge called Puente de Espau00f1a or u201cSpain Bridge, crossing the Pasig River from the district of Intramuros to Binondo.

Although later in the 19th century another bridge would be added from Intramuros to the growing industrial district of San Miguel, further up the river.

This new bridge was later reformed by the wealthy Ayala family, and renamed Puente de Ayala in the 20th century.

The Ayalas are a Spanish-descended family from the late 19th century, who are the owners of the largest company in the Philippines.

They also created the Zu00f3bel Prize for Philippine literature written in Spanish.

,MARKET & TRADEManila was the link between the Asian markets and the American markets, which in turned connected to Europe through Spain.

,In Manilas markets, or Pariu00e1n, you would find Chinese silk and clothing in abudance, some luxury ivory products for the nobility and the wealthy, and all sort of Asian spices.

The luxury products had buyers as far away as Spain itself, with almost all the ivory purchased in Spain coming from the Philippines.

,The currency used in the city was the Spanish dollar of course, which the Asian traders themselves used back home in their own countries as well (the Spanish dollar was the global currency in the 18th century, it was used internationally in every continent).

The coins used in the Philippines came almost entirely from the big Ceca de Mu00e9xico, which was the most prominent minthouse in the Spanish empire, and the supplier of coins to Philippine-Asian trade.

,The Galeu00f3n de Manila, sailing from the port of Acapulco in Mexico to Manila in the Philippines, was the single Pacific route in the world for centuries.

All the exchange across the Pacific went through Manilas ports.

The route departed from Acapulcou2014connected by a high road with Mexico City inlandu2014and sailed to Manila with goods from the Spanish Americas.

Then dropped them and took all the goods that were under sailing cotract from the Philippines (and the rest of Asia).

Sailed back to California, and all the way down the Californian and Mexican coasts to Acapulco.

Before the settling California the galeu00f3n didnt go that far north.

Acapulco u2192 ManilaManila u2192 San Francisco u2192 Monterrey u2192 Los u00c1ngeles u2192 San Diego u2192 Loreto u2192 San Lucas u2192 Nayirit u2192 AcapulcoFor this Manila had two ports in the 19th century, the oldest one (and the only one in the 18th c.

) was the Puerto de Magallanes, named after the sailor who reached the islands first.

It was located more protected up the River Pasig, on the banks of Intramuros.

While opposite side, on San Nicolu00e1su2019 banks, were the Captaincy of the Port, plus the Aduanas (u201cCustoms Offices) on both sides, which regulated the ships and goods coming in and leaving Manila.

They were the only government buildings outside of Intramuros.

By the southern side lied the beach called u201cPlaya del Mar, where ships also docked even though it was not abilitated as a port.

Later, in the 19th century, a much larger port started to be built south.

The district of Intramuros was surrounded by water and canals where the ships came in through Magallanes Port, and this zone bordered by promenades and gardens outside the walls.

By the end of the 19th century, there was Santa Lucu00eda south by the beach-port and further east La Luneta, and then Las Aguadas north with the Botanic Gardens.

Trade in Manila attracted a very prominent and unique class to the Spanish Philippines, who were the sangleyes.

Chinese-descended traders settled in the islands for the opportunities in commerce with the Americas that they could find there.

The name comes from an old Chinese term for u201ctrader in fact, although the Spanish authorities gave it the meaning of u201cChinese-descended.

These were actually the majority of the involved in Philippine-Asian trade, and they had a HUGE presence in Spanish Manila.

,They behaved as a group, they favoured each other and they acted for their common interests against both Spaniards and Natives.

Unless they were well-settled, they spoke just enough Spanish to go by and mostly communicated in Chinese.

So, despite the mostly peaceful coexistance, there were some tensions between the Chinese and the other groups in the islands in times of less economic buoyance.

,In the case of acting against the Spaniardsu2026 it wasnt very common, because it was easily solved by a decree from the authorities backed by the armed forces, resulting in a simple expropriation of sangley monopolies.

But they acted very aggresively against Natives at times, boycotting their business competition against Chinese ones.

Not always successfully, because as time passed the majority of government officesu2014safe the very top onesu2014were held by Hispanised Natives.

And the authorities also took action protecting Natives against these Chinese boycotts, even banning them from several provinces of the Philippines or imposing various regulations just on them.

Sangleyes trade was a hot political topic you would encounter in 18th century Manila.

EDUCATION & HEALTHCAREManila stood out for being a major trade spot in Asia due to its trans-oceanic linksu2026 but it actually could be said it stood out more for being the first and only city in Asia to have a university.

,Other Asian countries had other sorts of educational centres, but Manila was the only one to have a modern university in the European sense.

The University of Santo Tomu00e1s is to this day one of the oldest universities in the world, older than any university in the United States, for example.

You would see a uniquely uncommon thriving university life for a colonial city in Asia.

What made it even more of a scene to behold at the time was the fact that it had upper class Natives studying along Spaniards and Chinese traders.

Lets highlight the fact: this did not exist in any university outside the Spanish Empire.

In the 18th century, Natives were not present in any British or Dutch or French university anywhere studying with Europeans.

,That would be the sight in Manila, you would see Natives such as Saint Lorenzo Ruu00edz (who was sanctified), a Native law graduate who became a notary and later a priest from the University of Santo Tomu00e1s.

He died executed by the Japanese for teaching Catholicism in Okinawa (like many Spaniards), and so he was sanctified by the Pope.

,That being said, wider education to the populace did not come until the laws of Isabella II in the 19th century, and Spaniards were relatively scarce in the islands (not in Manila though).

,So only upper class Natives were able to learn Spanish until the 2nd half of the 1800s, and the job of translator was a big thing across the islands.

Natives who learnt Spanish for instance could have access to a comfortable life serving as translators for the authorities in less urban areas of the Philippines.

You would see a lot of languages and translators in 18th century Manila.

Another point about the city was the existance of European-medicine hospitals.

I say European medicine because at the time the medical practices differed greatly, now there is scientific universal medicine.

Anyways, Spain built a total of 9 major hospitals.

There were smaller local hospitals built in every provincial capital, although at first the Natives hardly attended them, because they mostly believed in their villages magical healings.

Manila, being urban and more Hispanic, was an exception to that.

The city had several big hospitals which was very rare for its size and population.

Just to compare no city in any French, Dutch or British colony that I know of (equivalent to Manila) had more than one big hospital.

This is partly explained by the same difference as in universities: Spanish hospitals accepted Natives and Chinese.

In fact, the wealthy Chinese traders managed to have their own hospital outside Manila just for themselves called Hospital de San Gabriel.

The first and oldest hospital was the Hospital Real, handled by civil authorities, it was also the one with the ability to teach medicine in order to send physicians to new hospitals.

Most other hospitals were granted and handled by different religious congregations.

There was the San Juan de Dios for non-contagious diseases, and then the hospitals of San Lu00e1zaro, Los Naturales and Nueva Cu00e1ceres for contagious diseases (most notably at the time leprosy).

Los Naturales was the contagious diseases hospital in Intramuros, while the San Lu00e1zaro was the equivalent across the River Pasig, for the districts of Binondo and San Nicolu00e1s.

The non-contagious one was run by the Jesuits and the contagious ones by the Franciscans.

,Then there was the hospital of Cau00f1acao located in a place called Punto Sanglay (where Chinese traders docked) in Cavite (not Manila proper), and this one was exclusively for military personnel.

There were several smaller hospitals for military personnel, but Cau00f1acao was the central one.

,Hospitals were partly funded by the government (entirely so in the case of the civil-run El Real), as well as through private donations to the Catholic orders who ran them, mostly by wealthy Spaniards (sometimes by wealthy Natives too), the Chinese funded their own in San Gabriel.

The hospitals were also granted tribute from lands by the Crown, so that they could get their funding from the production of those lands.

,FORTS & ARMYThe city had several fortifications, plus the walls around the core district of Intramuros.

Most of old Manila was bombed to dust by the Japanese during WWII, and much of the Hispanic population was wiped out in the process of the wars of the 20th century, so not much standsu2026 but the city used to have a lot of Spanish constructions.

The main fort located at the entrance of the River Pasig in Intramuros was the Fuerte de Santiago or u201cSaint Jamesu2019 Fort.

Consider that Saint James is the patron of Spain and historically the war cry of Spanish soldiers before battles, so the name of the fort makes sense.

This fort was shaped like a triangle and built with the walls of the city, with the river north and the beach/sea south.

,East of that was located the Plaza de Armas (later General Moriones Square), with the armory and the maestranza of the artillery (the maestranza is where stuff is built/taught for the army).

So the main fort, protecting the river entrance, was right next to the place where weapons were stored and the artillery built.

And opposite end in the walls were the Barracks of Asia for potential land attacks.

,All across the walls there were several batteries to shoot with canons towards land and sea, they were over a dozen batteries in total.

And some key u201cgatesu201d such as the Puerta Real between the batteries of San Diego and San Andru00e9s, or the Puerta del Pariu00e1n with the water and the canals north.

Outside Intramuros you would find some defences too, for instances the Barracks of La Luneta, located east along La Luneta beach and promenade.

Or at the end of the 18th century the Battery of Charles IV, up north outside the borough of Dilao on a higher ground.

Opposite end, there were the Barracks of the Fortu00edn by the river, next to Spain Bridge connecting to Binondo.

,GOVERNMENT & CHURCHRight in Intramuros next to the later General Moriones Square, somewhat more centred and away from the fort, was the Plaza Mayor, as Spanish custom and law stated.

,In this very square was the Cabildo (government of the city) north, as well as the Palacio south (for the government of the Philippines), and the Cathedral east, which was the seat of the Church in the city and islands.

Nearby, between the armory and this square, was the Audiencia, which was the highest justice organism in the Spanish Philippines.

So all sort of government (civil and religious) were seated around the Plaza Mayor in the centre of Intramuros.

,In fact, right north of the Cabildo was precisely where the University of Santo Tomu00e1s was located as well.

The Aduana (u201ccustoms office), as I already said, was right north of the university by Magallanes Port on Intramuros side, and opposite side by the Port Captaincy for San Nicolu00e1s district.

,There were also several smaller churches full of art and reliques all over Intramuros, one for each Catholic order in the city, destroyed by the Japanese bombings.

For example the convent of the Nuns of Santa Clara, which of course also cooked their traditional pastries.

Or the Church of Saint Augustine, and Saint John of Letran, and Saint Isabella, and Saint Francis, and the Recoletosu2026,TRADITIONS & FOODIf you travelled to 18th century Manila, just like today, you would find how Spanish food blends with Asian food.

,People would be around you eating countless Spanish dishes with Asian twists that resemble Indian or Chinese food.

If you were in Manila on holidays, especially Christmas, they would be eating lechu00f3n just like Spaniards back in Spain, but cooked with bambu.

,Speaking of which, if you visited on Christmas, be ready for the Misa del Gallo, because people in Manila to this day attend mass at midnight on Christmas (far more than any other formerly Spanish place, or Spain itself).

,If you were to be in Manila for breakfast, you may see several optionsu2026,Churros with chocolate as its traditional in Spain on especial occasions, in Manila they had their churros for breakfast just like everywhere else in the empire,Pandesal, perhaps even more typical in Manila than churros, it was this Spanish type of bread used for pastries or just alone with milk.

Which remains the most traditional Philippine breakfast to this day, although now often called u201cSpanish bread, and filled with stuff like chocolate or condensed milk since the 19th century,Longaniza, a traditional pig sausage from Spain, relatively popular all over the Hispanic world, and a favourite in Manilas breakfasts.

,For lunch, you may see the common people eating from pots called calderetas, with various sauces condimenting the meat, rice and peppers from the Americas, all blended together.

If you visit on a more special occasion, perhaps in the summer, you may even get to see how large groups of people sit around to eat paella (those who didnt speak Spanish would have called it paelya in Tagalog).

,Or if you spend your Halloween in 18th century Manila, you may have been disappointed at the lack of trick-or-treating; but youd get to see the people fill the graveyards with flowers the next morning for All Saints Day, and the wealthier urbanites eating the traditional buu00f1uelos after lunch.

,If you were in Manila for Easter, or rather Semana Santa, you would get to see the crowds carry on their shoulders a giant a throne with the statue of a Black Jesus, as the people sing and cry to him while playing music.

With nazarenos who wear clothes like the KKK but much prettier and colourful, or others carrying candles.

,On different saintsu2019 days you would see people hanging tapestries from the windows, and big spaces with dances, music and parties.

Or plays representing normally religious literature, perhaps just Spanish literary classics in general towarss the end of the 18th century.

Maybe a Don Juan, or La Celestina or Fuente Ovejunau2026if you go really 18th c.

wild El Su00ed de las Niu00f1as, or maybe neither, Philippine theatre was deeply religious.

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Life in the Maritime Provinces of Canada (Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island) is more about quality of life than standard of living.

I will explain that a little.

,If you find work in New Brunswick, a secure job will give you a very good quality of life once you adjust to the local environment.

What do I mean by good quality of life? Short commute to work, local access to arts, music, sport fishing, cinema, swimming pools, ice arenas, ski hills, golfing, local sports teams, internet, cable TV, church (perhaps no mosque **See update), healthy local food in summer, restaurants, local entertainment, a local donut and coffee shop.

Also, access to schools, medical care, accountant, post office, grocery stores.

You will have good friends and neighbours.

In most places in New Brunswick if you leave your door unlocked by accident, probably no one will rob your house.

You can have a very high quality of life.

,If you live in one of the cities of Moncton, Saint John, Fredericton your commute time to work will probably be 10u201315 minutes.

It is certainly possible to live further from work, but almost anywhere in NB you can live that close to your job.

Short commute time is a big factor in quality of life.

,New Brunswick is a bilingual province, with all government services available in both English and French.

Moncton is fully bilingual, with (very rough description) people living north and north east of Moncton being predominantly Francophone.

People living west and south of Moncton are predominantly Anglophone.

The cities of Saint John and Fredericton are predominantly Anglo.

Miramichi and north are mixed or French.

If you speak French, you certainly have an advantage in applying for government jobs.

Federal, provincial and municipal government add up to approximately 25% of the economy in NB.

You probably wonu2019t get a government job unless you have French as a mother tongue or otherwise extremely fluent.

,Health care is good in New Brunswick, with major hospital facilities in the three major cities, and smaller regional hospitals in Sackville, Sussex, Miramichi and Bathurst (maybe incomplete list).

Medicare coverage is comprehensive and for prescription drugs and extra coverage many employers offer very inexpensive insurance - in the order of $100 or less per month.

Downside? If you live in a remote village you may never find a family doctor.

A family doctor is the gatekeeper to the health care system.

In that case, you will spend time in an emergency room to access care.

,Anywhere in NB, education for the first twelve years is good (maybe via school bus) in either English or French.

In recent years, on standardized tests, NB students have not done as well as other provinces.

That may be because of the busing of children from remote areas, or a lack of funding because of duplication of services in both English and French.

University or community college is available at reasonable cost.

If you have adolescent children, I suggest living in Fredericton where they could attend the University of New Brunswick.

It is a well recognized school for practical professional or academic training.

If living in Moncton, your children will have the option of the University de Moncton.

It is a unilingual French university.

Alternatively, Sackville is about a 40 minute drive from Moncton and has Mount Allison University, which is an outstanding liberal arts school.

Saint John has an extension of the UNB campus, and some degree programs can be completed there.

Grade school is free in NB.

New Brunswick Community College offers trades and technology studies at a cost of around us$2,700 per year.

University education at UNB costs around us$6,300 per year.

Neither of those numbers include living expenses, but that is very accessible tuition in North American terms.

Students must be resident in New Brunswick for a year before qualifying for those tuition rates.

Graduating from these colleges and schools will qualify you for career anywhere in the world and as a result there is a significant presence of foreign students in college and university in New Brunswick.

It also accounts for a u201cbrain drainu201d of Canadian graduates, who seek career opportunities elsewhere in Canada and the world.

,Work and career opportunities? It depends on your qualifications.

There may be not so much opportunity in the north, but in Fredericton, Moncton, Saint John most professions and trades can find work.

New graduates go west for easier opportunities and recruiters seek out graduates from the Maritimes.

New Brunswick can be difficult career wise, but not impossible.

,One good thing about living in New Brunswick is that the cost of housing is significantly lower than in the rest of Canada.

Food and other consumer goods are slightly more expensive.

Air travel is more expensive.

,The physical environment? New Brunswick can be breath takingly beautiful in the summer and autumn.

We have a lot of green trees and scenery.

Air and water are clean compared to Europe and Asia.

Weather in spring is mostly about relief from the bitterness of winter.

In the winter the weather will be cold.

Snow and ice, frostbite, life threateningly cold.

If you are from a tropical or subtropical region, you may be justly intimidated by the winter.

During that season you may be isolated and homebound, unless you learn to dress for the cold and learn to drive when roads may have snow cover or ice.

There are fun outdoor activities in the winter - skiing, skating, walking in the woods or parks.

You may need some acclimation and a local friend to take advantage of these activities.

See Wikipedia for a detailed description of the climate.

,One thing people forget about climate is length of daylight during the winter and summer.

It is not uncommon to leave for work in the dark, miss the day, arrive home from work in the dark during December.

Likewise, it is not unusual to have daylight or twilight until nearly 10:00pm in June.

New Brunswick is south of London, England, but does not have the benefit of being on the west coast of a continent.

,Socially, in most of the province, you will not be able to u201chide in the crowdu201d, and will be recognizable as a new immigrant or foreigner - by dress, or speech, or color, or manner.

The positive side of that is, you will have a personal relationship with neighbours and working colleagues.

They will know you.

It depends on your personality and attitudes, but you will find that most people are welcoming and friendly.

In New Brunswick, you are somewhat isolated if you need to travel by air.

There are airports, but connections are expensive and difficult.

Probably Moncton, Saint John, Fredericton have daily flights to Montreal and Toronto.

In the winter, you might find weekly charter flights to Florida or the Caribbean.

,If you are Christian there are lots of churches in New Brunswick.

If you are Muslim, you may find a mosque in the cities.

You will certainly find some people in every city who share your faith.

Overall the society is mainly secular.

The population is predominantly Christian of both protestant and Roman Catholic denominations, with smaller Jewish, Muslim and Sikh communities.

By way of caution - if the women in your family wear a headscarf, people know what it means and will treat them with courtesy and respect.

If they wear burqa or niqab they probably will have difficulties.

Not from disrespect, but from unfamiliarity.

New Brunswick is a very strange combination of liberal values, and conservative behaviour.

,That Canadian lifestyle? That lifestyle is not automatic.

It is enabled by your job, or business, or profession, or your wealth.

I suggest that if you donu2019t need the services of a large city and you can find work in New Brunswick, it is a good destination.

You will earn less than in larger centers in Canada, and career advancement will not be as easy.

Your income tax will be at a slightly higher rate, and your consumption taxes will be 15%.

That is about the standard of living.

It is lower in NB than in Ontario or Quebec, Alberta or British Columbia.

In the larger cities, you may earn more but your housing costs are double or triple.

You may drive for an hour or more to get to your job, and access to recreational facilities is much more difficult.

You may not know your neighbours.

People in New Brunswick would think that is a poor quality of life.

In New Brunswick, quality of life is very good.

Standard of living is not as high.

,Wherever you live in New Brunswick, you will need a car to get too and from work, school, other activities.

Many families need more than one car if people work in different places.

You may want to find a job before you find a home.

Commute time is a big factor in quality of life, and finding work is probably more difficult than finding a house or apartment.

,In NB there many houses for sale around us$100,000*** and under.

Slightly higher in Fredericton.

For the most part, the price of houses is more related to cost of building than the location - with obvious some increase near universities or industries.

,So, those are some easy pros and cons.

New Brunswick is not for big city people, they find it small and provincial.

New Brunswickers prefer a more relaxed pace and enjoy easy access to goods and services, easy enjoyment of the environment and home.

,_______________n**Update - It was brought to my attention that Fredericton has a mosque, and I have verified that Saint John and Moncton also have Muslim associations and mosques.

In other areas of NB support may be somewhat limited.

,***Update - the covid-19 crisis has caused a run on NB properties, with increases during 2020 and an average increase of 24.

5% in 2021.

Still, there are houses available in the province at under us$100,000 and many nice houses under us$150,000.

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The Fish Exchange on Water Street.

Nice atmosphere.

Great selection.

Good price