Cooper Hewitt Museum
Set in the gorgeous Carnegie Mansion, the modern, inspirational and extremely well-curated shows of the Cooper-Hewitt look almost surreal in their surroundings. Recent exhibits have focused on table settings, “extreme” textiles, staircases, and the always-popular Design Triennial. I always appreciate their fresh approach to exhibiting design- an exhibit on fashion a few years ago was organized by color showed Victorian gowns next to John Gallianos.
The building itself is beautiful and in the warmer months, you can sit out on their back lawn and pretend you’re in an F. Scott Fitzgerald novel. Don’t miss the gift shop, a cut above most museum shops and filled with the best books, gifts and tabletop design. Admission is free on Tuesday evenings from 5 to 9 pm.
2 E 91st St
(between 5th Ave & Madison Ave)
New York, NY 10128
4, 5, 6 to 86th St.
A bicycle built for two hundred pounds of goods at the show Design for the Other 90%
The façade of the building was covered in flowers for the most recent Design Triennial.
You would probably have to be hiding under a rock to not know about Etsy but did you know that you can visit the Etsy Labs every Monday for Craft Night? On any given Monday at Craft Night you might learn how to block print your own gift wrap, make lip balm or create your own zine.
Or just show up with a project, hang out with some cool people and craft the night away. Can’t make it on a Monday night? The Church of Craft also hosts a crafty afternoon on Sunday from 2 pm to 6pm.
325 Gold Street, 3rd Floor (between Flatbush Ave and Johnson St)
Brooklyn NY, 11201
M, R to Lawrence St.
A, C, F to Jay St.
2, 3 to Hoyt St.
Learn how to make anything and everything at the Etsy Labs.
Roosevelt Island Tramway
There’s something very surreal about riding a tram over the East River, but with one swipe of your Metrocard, you can do just that. In a city filled with transportation options, The Roosevelt Island Tram is definitely the most interesting and the views can’t be beat! Soaring over the city streets, the Queensboro Bridge and the river, the city skyline looks almost unreal and miniature. If you have time, take a tour around with the Roosevelt Island Historical Walk and learn a little bit of the history of this strange and tiny island.
Tram Plaza, 60th Street and 2nd Avenue
New York, NY
N, R, W to Lexington Ave-59th St.
4, 5, 6 to Broadway-59th St.
Even a drizzly winter day can’t eclipse the sights from the Roosevelt Island Tram.
Down an alley off Nevins Street, just across the Gowanus River, there is a golden arm hanging above a door that leads you into one of the coolest galleries in Brooklyn. Proteus Gowanus is an interdisciplinary gallery and reading room, a collaborative project that exhibits art, artifacts and books (or a combination of all three!) that revolve around an annual theme.
This year, the theme is MEND, a concept that, according to the collective, can run from “mending a piece of fabric to solving global problems…at a time when ‘fixing things’, from the mundane to the profound, can seem increasingly out of reach.”
The reading room is a quiet comfortable place for paging through their amazing collection of art books plus rare and used books for sale.
543 Union Street
R to Union St.
F/G to Carrol St.