The Brooklyn Public Library brought their very own Uni Tower to the Brooklyn Book Festival today, creating a reading room on Borough Hall Plaza. BPL staff managed the deployment beautifully. I was ready to help, but I just took photos. No surprise there—this staff managed the Uni Tower all summer on Governors Island.

It is two years ago to the week that the Uni Project and the BPL first created a reading room on the plaza. (More about our history together.) Thanks to Linda Johnson, Richard Reyes-Gavilan, Linda Portera, and all the BPL staff who have worked with us over the years. Great things lie ahead.

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Wayne of the BPL and I know the trick for moving 4 cubes at a time. Trade secret.

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John of the BPL slides in the last puzzle piece.

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This police officer came right over. She’s not writing a ticket. She’s getting ready to snap a photo of the Uni.

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BPL Librarians John and Lea with Linda Johnson, BPL President.

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Not needed at the BPL Uni, I wandered over to the Target Children’s area. Story time here gets a video feed on twin plasma TVs with close-ups of the books. Like a rock concert.

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Keep an eye out for the BPL Uni Tower in your Brooklyn neighborhood!

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!