The Flight of the Green Fairy Part 1: Mar 5 is National Absinthe Day

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Art Nouveau Poster for Absinthe Robette Detail, by Henri Privat-Livemont.

When’s the last time you had a date with a magical green fairy? If it’s been too long, you’re in luck; March 5 is not only National Cheese Doodle Day and National Multiple Personalities Day, it’s National Absinthe Day, when aficionados of the verdant spirit will take to the bars and cafes, from late afternoon to the wee small hours of the morning, and get down like it’s the Belle Époque all over again.  More > >

Blue Monday: CitiBikes, Satan’s Map, and NYC Websites that Don’t Work

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Photo Courtesy of NY Magazine

Gothamist takes a swing at the NY Post’s floridly hyper-active coverage of last week’s CitiBike/Greenwich Village kerfuffle, in which an EMS crew was forced to negotiate a 39-space bike kiosk when called to the rescue of a 92-year-old resident of E. 13th Street, with this juicy bit: “Though the Post is congratulating itself for its victory over Satan CitiBike…”

Hahaha, Satan. So, there’s that. Even closer to home is BlackHatGate in South Williamsburg.

As of this writing, the joint effort of Citi and tech superstar Emperor Penguin Michael Bloomberg has provided a slick blue website which does not sport a working interactive map. An interactive map or two, yes. An interactive map that works, no. You can, however, try to download the app.

The NYC Open Data Tumblr leads to an interactive map that will help you to plan your trip “from one station to another.” Frankly, I could have biked across the Williamsburg Bridge faster than that map will load (Mac/Chrome), so, score another point for NYC Big Tech.

Well, one way or another, it’s here, and so, without further ado, we present Satan’s Big Bike Station Map to Everywhere (except Satmar Williamsburg). Click and enjoy—this one works!

The WG News welcomes you to share your opinion in the comments section.

L Train Closed Memorial Day Weekend 2013 – So Stay Home and Listen to Woody Guthrie!

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Happy Memorial Day Weekend, everybody! Make it a G train weekend, because the L is not running.

Woody Guthrie on the NYC Subway, for a Life Magazine project, 1943

According to the MTA’s Weekender you’ll spend it anywhere but on the L train between Lorimer Street in Brooklyn and 8th Avenue in Manhattan.

The shutdown starts tonight, Friday, May 24, and continues through Memorial Day. Service is scheduled to resume Tuesday, May 28, at 5 a.m.

Meanwhile, listen to native Oklahoman Woody Guthrie, remember our countrymen in Moore, Oklahoma, and have a great Memorial Day Weekend!