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East Village dead?

Not if you walk around the ballpark. I'm on 11th, Right beside the new library. On my left, a new sign. "Jing Si Books & Cafe." And "Ecoverse." And "Opening 2012." Then some Chinese script.



Looks like someone's capitalizing on the coming opening of the library. Capture the booky crowd.

It's still a worksite inside, but Mark Zieman, who's the supervisor for Ledcor Group, the builders outfitting the place here, is on the phone, leaning over half-unrolled architect's plans. "This will be mainly a place specializing in Buddhist books and coffee," he says when he gets off the phone. "but also, like, sandwiches and light food.

Seems this is a Taiwanese foundation that's setting this place up.

"They're very exacting," says Felix, who's a door specialist. He's setting up a sliding door. "It's heavy. Has to be exactly balanced. And this is just the door to the janitor's cupboard."

Well, I guess balance is what Buddhists are all about. Have to ask Mark when we can come and get our first Buddhist sandwich.

"We're opening July 9th," he says, "if everything pans out."

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