Cooper Union

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The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art, established in 1859, is among the nation's oldest and most distinguished institutions of higher learning. The college, the legacy of Peter Cooper, occupies a special place in the history of Ame... more
The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art, established in 1859, is among the nation's oldest and most distinguished institutions of higher learning. The college, the legacy of Peter Cooper, occupies a special place in the history of American education. It is the only private, full-scholarship college in the United States dedicated exclusively to preparing students for the professions of art, architecture and engineering.

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Cooper Union is located in the NoHo neighborhood of Manhattan. NoHo—the small neighborhood north of Houston (hence "NoHo")—serves as a buffer zone between Greenwich Village on the west and the East Village on the east. Compared to its southern neighbor SoHo, NoHo is a relatively quiet area, despite its proximity to (and some would say its overlapping borders with) New York University. The exact boundaries of NoHo are debatable and seemingly moveable (like many New York City neighborhoods), but it is generally understood to be bounded by Astor Place and Houston Street (on the north and south) and Broadway and The Bowery (on the west and east).

Far from the farmland it used to be, NoHo is now a fashionable and hip piece of New York’s most vibrant real estate. The former warehouse and retail district is a bona fide historic district, with over a hundred buildings ranging from the early nineteenth century to recent years. The neighborhood is home to majestic structures like Colonnade Row, the Cable Building, and the Schermerhorn Building, as well as the Joseph Papp Public Theater and Joe’s Pub. NoHo's history as a retail center is on display at the Merchant's House Museum, a family home kept intact that dates back to the 1800s.

Not that NoHo's days as a retail mecca are over, by any means. On Broadway, you'll find a massive American Apparel store, as well as local favorite Andy's Chee-Pees and every other type of store imaginable, rivaling nearby SoHo's offerings. NoHo's loft-heavy residential offerings have long been home to artists and writers, so it's hardly surprising to find great bookstores like Mercer Street Books, not to mention art house theaters like the Angelika Film Center and the stage venues like Astor Place Theatre, home of the Blue Man Group.

As for the overlapping parts of the NYU campus, two of the most renowned departments of the university—the Gallatin School Of Individualized Study and the Tisch School Of The Arts--are both located on Broadway in Noho. In August, NoHo is involved (along with much of Manhattan) in Summer Streets where huge swaths of city streets are turned into pedestrian walkways, bereft of cars and trucks. The annual NoHo Art Walk showcases emerging artists and the many wonderful art galleries in the neighborhood.

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Cooper Square
New York, NY 10003
(212) 353-4000
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@cooperunion

2011 School of Art @CooperAlumni Lucien Smith is working with Woolrich on a capsule collection inspired by workwear pieces from the clothing company's archive
https://t.co/ueliQR3Cfq 3 Hours Ago

.@MuseumModernArt speaks with School of Art @CooperAlumni Patterson Beckwith & Alex Bag about their 1990s cable-access TV show that redefined the relationship between art and television
https://t.co/TIJBbyHVDI 21 Hours Ago

"Artist Kenneth Tam ... touches on an important & overlooked event in US history — the exploitation of Chinese immigrant laborers during the construction...of the Transcontinental Railroad," writes @hyperallergic of the 2004 grad's show
https://t.co/lCu1gYHkIN 23 Hours Ago

1997 School of Art @cooperalumni "Wangechi Mutu will fill the entire New Museum—also covering the facade—with paintings, sculptures, collages, drawings and videos exploring history, colonialism and gender, among other hot-button topics."
https://t.co/bDvjmf64pP via @RobbReport Yesterday at 4:10 PM

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