Yesterday, the Uni was in Queens for a community storm relief event hosted by the Queens Museum of Art. We offered a place for folks to gather, read, and also donate books to those affected by the storm. Special thanks to Urban Librarians Unite for working on donations. Also thanks to José Serrano at QMA, Uni Volunteers Anna Robinson and Ken Gordon, installer Nelson DeJesus, and Eleanor and Malcolm Davol. (Today we head to Red Hook for more relief work.)

Board member and Queens resident Ken Gordon lends a hand installing the double tower formation.

First patron goes for the tangrams…

…and boom, we’re up and running.

This patron is having at the street math cube by Robert Berkman.

Uni Librarian Anna Robinson dives in with a young reader.

This family is looking at a remarkable pop-up book donated to the Uni by Museum of Chinese in America.

This patron and I talked about the book of aerial photography over NYC she found in our collection—one of my favorites.

You can support the Uni by helping us buy sturdy book bins to protect the books as we move around New York. Donate here and thanks!

After the crowds depart, Uni installer Nelson DeJesus and I stay late and mop up the battlefield. Thanks all!

We're getting a "new" name... Street Lab.

The Uni Project is the work of Street Lab, a nonprofit launched in 2006 in Boston, where we created community-oriented programs for public space. In 2011, we migrated Street Lab to New York City and launched the Uni Project. The Uni began as a single, portable reading room and has since grown into a city-wide initiative offering more than 700 days of pop-up programming in 150+ public spaces across the city. In 2019, we are re-introducing our original name Street Lab to tie all this work together going forward, with much more to come.

For now, details about our programs are available here on the Uni Project web site. Soon, that content will move to Thanks for sticking with us!