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On July 17, the Uni went to Jamaica, Queens, to create an open-air reading room at a new play street hosted by Dunton Block and Civic Association. Jamaica and nine other deployments are funded in part by Transportation Alternatives as we collaborate to support emerging play streets across the city. The Uni Project also launched a new prototype that will be at the heart of our strategy going forward: a Uni Cart that transports like a rock stage case and unfolds into a sculptural book shelf. Patent pending.

Thanks to Transportation Alternatives, HY Architecture, Sharon Smith of Dunton Block and Civic Association, and Uni librarian Emily Jacobson.

Finally, a new chess rule was implemented today: chess players may elect to freeze the board for up to 30 minutes to allow breaks for basketball and jumprope sessions. New York, we are getting in shape, physically and mentally.

Backstage at the Uni. Where the magic happens before the magic happens on the street.

Backstage at the Uni. Where the magic happens.

The test launch of the new Uni Cart, a sculptural (Leslie likes) reading room that transports as a lockable road case (Sam likes).

Test launch of the new Uni Cart, a sculptural reading room that folds and transports as a lockable road case. Yes.

Emily Jacobson and Leslie roll the Uni cart into position.

Emily Jacobson and Leslie roll the Uni cart into position.

Uni Jamaica Queens

Uni Jamaica Queens

Uni Jamaica Queens

Uni Jamaica Queens

Uni Jamaica Queens

Uni Jamaica Queens

Uni Jamaica Queens

Uni Jamaica Queens

Uni Jamaica Queens

Uni Jamaica Queens

Uni Jamaica Queens

(Note: this post was published on August 22, 2013 and backdated to July 18, 2013.)

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!