As part of a run of ten Play Street deployments in partnership with Transportation Alternatives, the Uni returned for a second time to Lyman Place in the Bronx. There are fewer children passing through Lyman Place compared to some of our other locations, but we noted that folks stay much longer at this Play Street. And maybe depend on it more. We applaud Transportation Alternative’s dedication to supporting smaller and emerging Play Streets across the city. Thanks to Emily Jacobson and Amelia Carver on the ground. Here are the photos:

Uni Bronx

Uni Bronx

Here’s how we get things rolling: sit down and start reading with early arrivals.

Uni Bronx

Uni Bronx

Uni volunteer Emily Jacobson, who also works for NYPL, has been instrumental in the success of our Play Street effort.

Uni Bronx

Uni Bronx

We hosted a shelf curated by the nearby NYPL Woodstock Library.

Uni Bronx

These girls asked to be photographed with the books. Pride.

Uni Bronx

Uni Bronx

Leslie and a friend open up the knot tying kit.

Uni Bronx

Uni Bronx

Math puzzles were a hit at Lyman Place, on both of our visits.

Uni Bronx

Uni Bronx

Uni Bronx

Uni Bronx

Uni Bronx

This patron asked to be photographed with the puzzle he solved. Well done!

Uni Bronx

Uni Bronx

Uni Bronx

Uni Bronx

Uni Bronx

Wrapping up the afternoon, we lingered with a few patrons in the shade.

Uni Bronx

Uni Bronx

Thank you to Emily Jacobson, Amelia Carver (not in photo), and this deputized librarian who helped us with the benches. See you next year!

Here’s a video of Emily and Leslie demonstrating the packing up of the new Uni cart designed for us by HY Architecture. We’re road-testing this prototype and plan to start building several more carts soon.

(Note: this post was published on Sep 13, 2013 and backdated to Aug 15, 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!