5 Things To Know This AM — May 07 2012

Cyclists received a little divine intervention on Saturday at St. John the Divine's "Blessing of the Bikes" service to help protect them in crazy city traffic. Now, what about a "Blessing of the Pedestrians" service to protect ourselves against NYC's aggressive bike riders. (City Room)
Want to get to know the best small businesses in NYC? Take the "Shop Your Values" pledge and get some sweet deals (free yoga, anyone?) at the coolest stores you need to know. (PSFK)
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Now that the weather is getting warmer (er, kind of), you might be planning your first escape out East. And while it still might be too cold for a swim, you can stop by the Heckscher Museum to see how a modern art master viewed Long Island...before it was overrun with malls and bros. (New York Times)
Happy belated birthday, Keith Haring! Although the celebrated artist is no longer with us, we're pretty lucky to still have his badass, thought-provoking art around the city. (Animal New York)
Nabokov's favorite butterfly invades NYC. Let's just hope it doesn't go the way of the waxwing — there are an awful lot of windowpanes here, after all. (Gothamist)
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Photo: Via City Room
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