PlayStreets NYC

Gather together, play together, read together: the Uni is going to Play Streets!

Play Streets are an old tradition in New York City. They are exactly what they sound like—streets closed off to traffic to allow for safe play. Play streets are currently growing in NYC, driven in part by support from the city and organizers who see them as an opportunity for much more than just play. “Play Streets offer a safe place for children who are not able to attend a summer program,”  says Lonnie Hardy, a Play Street organizer in Morrisania, Bronx.

This July and August, thanks to a partnership with Transportation Alternatives, we’ll deploy the Uni ten times to Play Streets across the city. Some of these play streets have been going for decades and others are just getting started. Some include farmers’ markets and some have basketball. We are excited to add books and learning to the mix, and see what happens.

40th-logoLocations are in West Harlem (Manhattan), East Harlem (Manhattan), Morrisania (Bronx), East New York (Brooklyn) and Jamaica (Queens). Detailed schedule here.

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!