After much speculation as to what was going to occupy the corner space across the street from my apartment, formerly occupied by a shoe store and, more recently, by a hideous clothing store, I was pleasantly surprised to walk by today to see Le Pain Quotidien. It looks warm and inviting, and they seem to use organic ingredients, offer whole-grain breads, etc. -- my kind of place. If I could manage to haul myself out of bed a little earlier in the morning, it's the kind of place where I'd settle in over a bowl of au lait and a croissant or tartine. Perhaps I'll try it this week. I have a good feeling that this new neighbor is going to be a welcome addition to the 'hood.