Reach Out and Read is a nonprofit that partners with doctors to prescribe books and encourage families to read together. To help Reach Out and Read kick-off their annual Early Literacy Awareness Week, the Uni transformed an empty plaza in front of Heritage Health Care at 145th and Amsterdam into a gathering place for reading. We were excited to be able to help take this organization outdoors in the neighborhood.

Although not a place where families would generally hang out on a Sunday, people made a point to stop by and read with us, and that helped send another message about the possibility of this neglected public space. One young Uni patron said that she came with her mother because she “needed to get ready for Kindergarten,” and wanted to practice reading aloud. Thanks for making a place for learning.

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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 Thanks for sticking with us!