Harvest HomeThe Uni went to a West Harlem Play Street/Farmers’ Market run by the nonprofit Harvest Home. In 2010, Harvest Home piloted play streets at their farmers’ markets in partnership with the NYC Strategic Alliance for Health and Transportation Alternatives with overwhelmingly positive results. (Report PDF.) Harvest Home has continued the effort, and this year the Uni added books and learning to the mix with support from Transportation Alternatives. Thanks to Amelia Carver and Emily Jacobson for staffing the Uni at this location.

We also used this deployment to continue road testing our new design: a Uni Cart that transports like a rock stage case and unfolds into a 360 degree, sculptural book shelf. Adding the cart to our fleet is at the heart of our strategy to double our deployments each year we operate. Game on.

Uni West Harlem

Uni West Harlem

Uni West Harlem

Emily Jacobson and Leslie arrange two shelves curated by NYPL Hamilton Grange Library, our library partner for the day.

Uni West Harlem

Uni West Harlem

Uni West Harlem

Uni West Harlem

We were joined by NY Road Runners Club who provided organized physical activities on the Play Street.

Uni West Harlem

Uni West Harlem

Uni West Harlem

Uni West Harlem

We stayed until the adjacent Harvest Home Farmers’ Market started to close up. Then load-out and the cars flowed back onto the street. See you soon West Harlem!

(Note: this post was published on August 23, 2013 and backdated to July 24, 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!