Why The Cooper Hewitt Museum Is Worth A Visit

Why The Cooper Hewitt Museum Is Worth A Visit

A historic space comes of age with modern technological advancements on the Upper East Side.
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On the Upper East Side of Manhattan sits the Museum Mile , right alongside Central Park. Seven museums, all rich with culture and diversity, lie between 82nd and 105th streets on Fifth Avenue. We all know The Met, and the steps so often associated with the ever-famed "Gossip Girl," but how many of these other museums go unnoticed?

The Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum on the corner of 91st Street and Fifth Avenue may be the perfect example. Reopening only in 2014 after a renovation process that began in 2011, the new Cooper Hewitt boasts interactive technology in the ornate rooms of the Carnegie Mansion. Four floors of exhibits where history and modernity sit side by side and have the opportunity to merge, giving visitors unique perspectives on the evolution of design.

4K resolution touchscreen tables litter the museum where attendees can "play designer" and design their own tables, chairs, lamps, vases, and more. They can search for objects in collections throughout the museum and zoom into the details the naked eye might not even catch at first glance. The touchscreen table in the museum's new Immersion Room allows visitors to design a wallpaper and then "Go Live," projecting it onto the walls of the room.

The Process Lab is a personal favorite of mine, as I visited the exhibition titled Citizen Design, running now through September 24th. The museum's official website describes it as the following: "Through a series of questions and choices, visitors identify issues that personally matter and use design-thinking tactics to creatively brainstorm possible interventions. "

Choose from a variety of values that are important to you and your community, and respond to the important questions that plague our society today with design tactic cards. It fosters a dedication to one's community and encourages individuals to bring their answers and ideas that were created in the Process Lab out into the world.

Perhaps the most impressive part of the Smithsonian Design Museum is its personalization towards each of its visitors. The Pen makes this all possible. With each ticket, which at their cheapest can cost $7 for students, comes a Pen and a personalized code. Visitors use the pen to design on the interactive tables, but also to sync up with the items and displays in the museum that they admire.

It works like this: if you see an object that you like, just press the back end of your pen to the designated "plus" sign. Now it's saved to your collection! After you've returned your pen at the end of your visit, log onto the Cooper Hewitt website and enter your individual code to see all the items you saved on your visit.

If you have yet to visit the new and improved Cooper Hewitt, now is the time to do so. A popular summer activity is Cocktails at Cooper Hewitt , Thursday evenings through August 24th. Enjoy dance and music performances in the garden of the Carnegie Mansion for as little as $13!

What are you waiting for? Get to Fifth Avenue and take advantage of everything the Museum Mile has to offer, especially this place. If you're not there now, you're missing out.

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The End Of The Semester As Told By Todd Chrisley

Because we're all a little dramatic like Todd sometimes.
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The last 3-4 weeks of every college student’s semester are always crazy hectic. We have last minute assignments, group projects, and exams all squeezed into the last few weeks before break.

Sometimes we all need a little humor, and sometimes we are all a little dramatic, so why not experience the last few weeks of the semester as told by the king of drama himself, Todd Chrisley of Chrisley Knows Best.

1. Sitting in class listening to your professor explain upcoming assignments/exams.

2. When your group project members refuse to do anything until the night before it's due or just show up the day of to present.


3. When you and your roommate try to cook with whatever few ingredients you have left in stock.

Because we definitely want to avoid going to the grocery store at the end of the semester if we can.

4. When your parents get tired of you calling them about every little inconvenience in your life.

5. Sitting down to work on assignments.


6. Your thoughts when the professor is telling you what they want from you out of an assignment.


7. When you've had about 30 mental breakdowns in 2 days.

8. Trying to search out the class for the right group members.

9. The last few days of classes where everyone and everything is getting on your nerves.

10. When your friend suggests going out but you're just done with the world.

11. This. On the daily.

12. When all you want to do is snuggle up and watch Christmas movies.


13. Studying and realizing you know nothing.


14. When your finals are over and it's finally time to go home for break.


You're finally back to your old self.

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Poetry On Odyssey: Hustle and Bustle This Holiday Season

"...Have conversation, turn off the cable..."

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It's Holiday season,

Time to be freezin'.

Thanksgiving will be here before we know it,

Don't stop now, you can't quit.

Numerous trips to grocery stores,

Pure mayhem when you walk through those doors.

Shelves bare,

You're ready to pull out your hair.

Long check-out lines,

Or delayed airlines.

Prepare and cook the turkey low and slow,

Wait for that golden brown skin to glow.

Place the gravy and cranberry sauce on the table,

Have conversation, turn off the cable.


Before you know it, Christmas is here,

The classic songs are music to our ears.

Yet we all dread the trips to the mall,

To find the perfect gifts, big or small.

The Christmas Tree Lighting floods TV stations,

With singers from all generations,

The scent of candy canes fill the air,

We wish the day runs smoothly, Lord, hear our prayer.

Lots of wrappers and bows cover the floor,

As we obsess over our presents more and more.


New Year's creeps up on us,

Throwing a party is always a plus.

Streamers, noisemakers, food,

Who knew planning the perfect party was of this magnitude.

The line at the liquor store gets longer and longer,

Because of the stress in picking a champagne or sparkling cider.

Deciding to prepare finger foods or a five-course meal,

Why not get take-out? DEAL!

Clock counts down from ten.

As the clock strikes one, we've made it to another year, AMEN!

Glasses clinking,

People drinking,

"Happy New Year,"

We cheer.

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