ideas cityOn Saturday, May 4, we’ll bring the Uni to IDEAS CITY StreetFest in downtown NYC. The festival’s theme, Untapped Capital, strikes a chord with us. We’ll participate by doing what we do best: enlist under-untilized street-level space in the effort to educate, support and inspire urban kids via a reading room.

We’re excited to be part of IDEAS CITY, which was founded by New Museum and is organized in partnership with Storefront for Art and Architecture, Architectural League New York, Bowery Poetry Club, NYU Wagner School, and The Drawing Center. Here’s something we wrote two years ago, just as the Uni was being born, when we visited 2011 IDEAS CITY (formerly called Festival of Ideas for a New City).


2011 IDEAS CITY, photo by Clint Spaulding via New Musuem





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!