In August 2014, we deployed the Uni reading room to Irving Street in Brooklyn, one of the city’s oldest continuously running play streets. Learn more about our ongoing effort at play streets. Our participation was made possible by a generous grant from Shippy Foundation and additional support from Target. At the end of our Aug 8 visit, we rolled the Uni by hand along the sidewalk to a second location, Putnam Triangle Plaza. More reading, less trucking. Pop-up logistics are a strength (and obsession) of the Uni Project.


On this day, the city didn’t enforce the usual no parking rule, so the closed-off street was crowded with parked cars.
No matter, we all made a play street happen anyway.





Uni Librarian and Site Manager Rasheed Lucas reads to some new friends.


Uni Artist in residence Tiffany Lin worked on her sketches and shared her work with kids on the street.








Packing up the Uni and preparing for a rolling exit. Putnam Triangle Plaza is a few blocks away, and we’ve got another deployment scheduled there in an hour.




Thanks Irving Street Play Street! See you next year, or sooner, down the street on Putnam Plaza.

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!