Chelsea UniOn Wednesday, May 29, the Uni went to Clement Clarke Moore Park in the Chelsea neighborhood of Manhattan for the first of two deployments organized in conjunction with middle and high school students from nearby Avenues: The World School. For this deployment, students reached out to several other Chelsea-based schools and organizations in an effort to test the Uni as a shared community meeting space.

It worked!

  • Students from Quest to Learn came to workout in the park, and then stopped to read.
  • Students from nearby PS11’s Hands on History Afterschool Class taught by Chelsea resident Lesley Doyel with PS11 teacher Jessica Griffith, created a Chelsea Historic District cube with a walking guide that detailed Clement Clarke Moore’s life.
  • Friends of the High Line curated a cube.
  • Bob Arnold, known as “Ranger Bob” of Park Chelsea, curated a cube highlighting play and games, and offered a wonderful map of seating and amenities in Chelsea.
  • Avenues students curated several cubes, with favorite books selected by third graders, and handmade books on immigration made by eighth graders, among others.
  • Uni patrons and park visitors were treated to a performance by Kidz Theater.

Thanks to the West 400 Block Association for their support of this event, and to Lesley Doyel for her help with neighborhood contacts and the connection to PS11. A big thanks to Ivan Cestero and Kim Allen from Avenues Community Engagement and eighth grade student leaders Alma, Sabrina, Gianna, and Dominique for organizing!

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Thanks to Avenues students for their role in coordinating this Uni deployment.

Thanks to Avenues students for their role in coordinating this Uni deployment.

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Bilingual Chinese/English books selected by Avenues students to share with the neighborhood.

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Krystin Hence, Friends of the High Line, and Ivan Cestero,
Director, Avenues Community Engagement.

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Ceramic cookies offered by some younger Avenues students.

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Students from PS11 with their outstanding cube and walking tour.

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Looking for ants to identify…

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Kids brought musical theater: the song here was Aquarius from Hair!

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Thanks everyone for a great day—returning to Chelsea on Sat, June 1.

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!