This summer, we tried something new: we left a Uni in someone else’s hands.

For nearly two months, our new Uni Cart has been a regular presence at a weekly Farmers’ Market and Play Street run by East New York Farms/United Community Centers. East NY was one of our first locations in 2012, and this year the Uni installation was deployed and staffed by the capable folks at East NY Farms. Funded in part by The Laura B. Vogler Foundation, this experiment has allowed us to explore the future of the Uni Project, which may include more collaborations like this. On July 20, we dropped in to provide some extra library staffing and conduct evaluation. And, of course, we read some books. Thank you East NY and our partner Transportation Alternatives!

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Thanks Janelle Nicol of ENY Farms for this photo of me reading to a new friend.

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The plural “childrens” is not a typo in his sign but an adaptation of another sign reading “childrens reading room.” That sign was, however, missing an apostrophe. Street grammar, keep learning. Thanks East NY, see you soon.

(Note: this post was published on August 22, 2013 and backdated to July 21, 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 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!