On June 27, the Uni returned to Pitkin Avenue in Brownsville Brooklyn for a third time this year. BPL outreach librarian Leigh Hurwitz (also a longtime Uni volunteer and site manager!) distributed BPL Summer Reading info and signed people up for BPL library cards into the evening. Photos below, including some terrific mini book reviews and firemen at the Uni.

This deployment made possible in part by funds granted by the Charles H. Revson Foundation through the Neighborhood Plaza Partnership.

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Leigh on the left, wearing her BPL hat, spread the word about summer reading and library cards.

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We are serious about data at the Uni—Leigh works the clipboard like a rock star.

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NYFD showed up to teach about fire safety and let kids explore a fire engine. The guys stopped by the Uni.

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Here’s how our mini book reviews work…

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…folks pick a book, read it, and write a postcard sized review…

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…and pose for a Polaroid photo with their book.

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The reviews travel across the city on the side of our reading room cart.

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Leslie convinced this fireman to write a review. Serious role model.

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What I love about our book reviews: a chance to identify yourself as a reader in your community. And the chance to focus.

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Focus.

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Brownsville is a special place for the Uni. Thank you for another chance to connect. See you soon!

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!