Cooper Hewitt is one of my very most favorite places in New York City. I love imagining it when it was a functioning single house of the Carnegie family. I love perusing their library surrounded by art books and silence, and I love their often amazing design exhibits.
Now I also love spending time to enjoy a latte in their green, sweet smelling back yard. You'll be surrounded by tulips and birds, and experience the kind of calm that's rare to find in the city.