Big week ahead for the Uni Project: Uni cubes arriving in Seattle, on Governors Island, and in three different NYC neighborhoods in just five days.

Uni ChelseaI want to highlight something special happening in the middle of all that: On Wednesday and Saturday, the Uni will land in the Manhattan neighborhood of Chelsea as the result of an inspired effort led by middle and high school students at Avenues: The World School. We’ll be at Clement Clarke Moore Park on Wednesday, May 29 and at Penn South Playground Saturday Jun 1. More details here.

For both of these deployments, the students have forged new partnerships among local schools and community members and also created some wonderful new cubes to share with the public. Their work is paving the way for more partnerships between the Uni and students across New York City.

I’ve had the honor to meet with some of the students along the way, and I’m excited that we’ll be working side by side in the Uni this week. Eighth grade student leaders Alma, Sabrina, Gianna, and Dominique deserve special credit for their persistence and creativity in managing the project. Looking ahead, we’re excited that Avenues will be working with the Uni Project to continue developing a student-led model for local community building—this is an area of great promise for students and the city as well.

Thanks to Ivan Cestero, Avenues Community Engagement Director and 9th Grade History Teacher for leading this effort in what is only Avenues’ first year of existence. Thanks also to these wonderful community members for contributing content, providing contacts, and helping bring the Uni to Chelsea:

  • Lesley Doyel, longtime resident and teacher of an afterschool class called Hands On History: Chelsea Then and Now at PS11.
  • Bob Arnold, known as “Ranger Bob” of Park Chelsea

Uni Chelsea

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 www.streetlab.org. Thanks for sticking with us!