NYC Parks

We’re proud to announce a new partnership between the Uni Project and NYC Parks Department that will bring pop-up reading rooms to priority parks identified in the Mayor’s Community Parks Initiative addressing equity in the city. Thanks to support from Leaves of Grass Fund, this initiative will help envision a broader role for parks in making people healthier, neighborhoods more livable, and communities stronger.

New York City has one of the largest urban parks systems in the U.S. Parks take up nearly 14% of the city’s land, providing critical open space for residents. New urban parks initiatives around the country are raising awareness about the potential for parks to do even more, by bringing people together and bridging divides.

We’ll be sharing photos and stories of our impact in NYC Parks right here, all summer. See our 2015 schedule here.

A map of from NYC Parks showing planned improvements to community parks.

A map of from NYC Parks showing improvements planned under the Mayor’s Community Parks Initiative.


Boys reading their own poetry in the Uni Reading Room at Washington Square Park in 2014.

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!