NYC DOTFor the first time, the Uni joined Summer Streets, NYC DOT’s annual car-free celebration when nearly seven miles of NYC’s streets are opened for people to play, run, walk and bike. The Uni created a place to gather around books at a “rest stop” on the route at Foley Square in Lower Manhattan.

I admit we hesitated that morning. It was pouring rain at 5am and all participants needed to be in position by 6am before the street closure. But showing up is important, and we were rewarded when the weather gave way, and we got to enjoy reading and meeting people on the street. Not a car in sight.

Uni Summer Streets

Uni Summer Streets

Waiting for the weather.

Uni Summer Streets

Uni Summer Streets

Uni Summer Streets

Uni Summer Streets

Uni Summer Streets

New 3D book in the Uni collection.

Uni Summer Streets

Uni Summer Streets

Uni Summer Streets

Uni Summer Streets

Thanks NYC DOT and everyone who came out to walk Manhattan.

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!