Uni at Fowler Square, Brooklyn

On July 12, the Uni landed at Fowler Square Plaza to support a recently pedestrianized plaza and join “FAB Fridays,” a series of events organized by the Fulton Area Business Alliance (FAB).

With a forecast of rain, we went into weather mode, deploying under tarps with one eye on the radar. Here’s our attitude about activating spaces like Fowler Square: better to get wet trying than to leave space empty. Phillip Kellogg of FAB shared that view, and he was a terrific host and partner.

When the hard rain finally came, the Uni was already loading out, but the evening entertainment was just loading in. The result was beautiful: the band decided to perform a cappella under umbrellas to a crowd that loved the effort.

Thanks to Uni volunteer Will Brockett, Uni installer Peter Zweifel, and all FAB staff. Photos below.

Uni at Fowler Square, Brooklyn

Uni at Fowler Square, Brooklyn

Uni at Fowler Square, Brooklyn

Channel 12 was on the scene and covered the event.

Uni at Fowler Square, Brooklyn

Uni at Fowler Square, Brooklyn

Uni at Fowler Square, Brooklyn

Uni at Fowler Square, Brooklyn

Uni at Fowler Square, Brooklyn

Uni volunteer Will reads with a patron.

The Uni at Fowler Square, Brooklyn

Leslie talking shop with FDNY about their installation to teach fire safety. The custom-made rig folds up for transport.

The Uni at Fowler Square, Brooklyn

The Uni at Fowler Square, Brooklyn

The Uni at Fowler Square, Brooklyn

The Uni at Fowler Square, Brooklyn

The Uni at Fowler Square, Brooklyn

The Uni loads out and the entertainers decide to perform unplugged in the rain.

The Uni at Fowler Square, Brooklyn

We stayed to hear the music and let the Uni baseplate rinse in the rain. Thanks Ft. Greene!

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!