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Just in time for hot chocolate weather, Sweet Heart Bakery on 8th Avenue has re-opened. Although its fate among the stretch of shops there on 8th at Greenwich Ave looked dubious during a "facade restoration" of several months, the beloved empanada and coffee spot is back to delighting the locals with cheaper-than-Starbucks prices and better quality. It's a small victory in New York's battle to keep stores with character, and we'll celebrate with a scone. [Rackedwire]