Uni Bed StuyOn Thursday, June 6, the Uni went to Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, to create a reading room on an outdoor tennis court at the Seventh Annual “Discover Your Neighborhood Resource and Safety Expo” organized by the Bedford-Stuyvesant Youth, Education and Safety Task Force. Hundreds of Bed Stuy residents came out, and there was a home-grown food court, a health pavilion, and farmers’ market. The Uni was right at home in Bed Stuy, a venerable neighborhood where you’ll meet people who believe deeply in community. Leslie talked with a photographer who said the Uni made him recall the bookmobile that visited his town in Barbados as a child.

Here’s what organizer Brenda Fryson said beautifully about the Uni:

“UNI was a star in our Children’s Village. I know you touched some lives, and that is the critical intent of the Expo….to bring services to our neighbors, and to let them see that they can navigate systems and access the help that they need. If you looked at the reading scores in District 16 (one of our target areas for this event), you will see how vital it is to bring back the sheer love of reading for both children and parents. The UNI Project helped, and I wish I could somehow lift up the importance of the first four words of this sentence. It is all about the help.”

Thanks to Amelia Carver who is joining us this summer from MIT, and Peter Zweifel our Uni installer from Parsons. The Uni will be back in Bed Stuy, no doubt.

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I love the Uni team. We always check the level of the Uni baseplate, even on a tennis court. Pro.

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Peter, Uni Installer, takes a turn on the microscope.

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NYPD arrived with their portable climbing wall. Portable infrastructure. I talked shop with the officers about the turning radius on the trailer, liability insurance, etc.

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Amelia Carver, joining the us from MIT, dove right in a the Uni.

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Math puzzles getting done in Bed Stuy. Love it.

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Closing time, pitched the tent to keep books dry. This family helped packing up.

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But my laborers started reading the books that they were supposed to be packing…

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This guy held up the Uni load-out by a good 10 minutes. So be it.
Sometimes you just have to read. See you soon Bed Stuy.

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 600 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!