In celebration of National Design Week, the Cooper-Hewitt Design Museum has had free admission all week until Saturday. Why aren’t you there now?
Even if exhibits like “Wall Stories: Children’s Wallpaper and Books” don’t sound interesting to you (but who doesn’t like fun wallpaper?), at very least go to check out the building, one of the many original homes of Andrew Carnegie.
The museum was created by the daughters of mayor Abram Hewitt, making them granddaughters of eccentric industrialist Peter Cooper. Their brother, fortuously named Peter Cooper Hewitt, was a dexterous inventor of photography “vapor lamps,” unmanned airplanes and primative hydrofoils. If for some reason you’d like to have his face on a tee-shirt, somebody has invented one.