Boys take over the Uni in Tompkins Square Park

PACH NYUOn May 28, the Uni Project began a three day run creating open-air reading rooms in Tompkins Square Park and Washington Square Park. Both places have played an important role in the history of ideas and expression in the city, and we’re proud to help continue that tradition in a small way. We’re working with middle school-aged boys from George Jackson Academy who will read aloud their own poems and short essays for the public. Boys from The Boys’ Club of New York will also contribute art. Made possible by a grant from the Project for the Advancement of Our Common Humanity (PACH) at NYU.  Below are photos from day one. (Skip to day two or day three.)

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This East Village resident asked to be photographed with The Red Balloon.

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These two people met for the first time at the Uni and connected over their love of Eudora Welty photographs.

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A shelf dedicated to PACH and the concept of a common humanity. Humans of New York is a crowd favorite.

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Uni Tomkins

Uni Tomkins

Uni Tomkins

Uni Tomkins

George Jackson Academy Headmaster David Arnold brought over some boys to read their own work in public.

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Uni Tomkins

Uni Tomkins

Uni Tomkins

Uni Tomkins

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These boys hail from all over New York City and go to school a few blocks from the park.

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An art class from The Boys’ Club of New York posted some of their drawings.

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A photography class from The Boys’ Club of New York stopped by to capture the reading room.

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Learning to use real film.

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Thanks for bringing your work to the park—a place where poets and thinkers have gathered for decades. Well done.

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