npp_200x100On May 16, 2015, the Uni Project created an open-air reading room on a recently-created pedestrian plaza in Brooklyn. We visit these emerging public spaces to help activate space, give people a way to gather, and show how reading and learning can be part of the mix at street level. The Uni at Marcy Plaza was made possible by funds granted by the Charles H. Revson Foundation through the Neighborhood Plaza Partnership. Thanks to our host, Bed-Stuy Gateway BID. Thanks also to Eleanor Adams, Branch Manager of Macon Library (Brooklyn Public Library) for sharing a special shelf of books from Macon.

Update 8/1/15: We’re happy to report that books and reading are now being offered at the plaza by Bed Stuy Restoration, in conjunction with a weekly farmers’ market.

Uni at Marcy Plaza, Bronx NY

Uni at Marcy Plaza, Bronx NY

Uni at Marcy Plaza, Bronx NY

Uni at Marcy Plaza, Bronx NY

Uni at Marcy Plaza, Bronx NY

Uni at Marcy Plaza, Bronx NY

Uni at Marcy Plaza, Bronx NY

Uni at Marcy Plaza, Bronx NY

Robert Weinstein, Adult Services Librarian from Macon Library (Brooklyn Public Library) which is near Marcy Plaza.

Uni at Marcy Plaza, Bronx NY

For the day, we dedicated a shelf in the Uni for books and information from Macon Library.

Uni at Marcy Plaza, Bronx NY

Uni at Marcy Plaza, Bronx NY

Uni at Marcy Plaza, Bronx NY

Uni at Marcy Plaza, Bronx NY

Uni at Marcy Plaza, Bronx NY

Uni at Marcy Plaza, Bronx NY

Thanks to Sesame Workshop for donating a shelf of children’s books to the Uni in 2015. It travels with us across the city.

Uni at Marcy Plaza, Bronx NY

One of our first special shelves, curated and donated by Barbara Cohen, owner of New York Bound Books.

Uni at Marcy Plaza, Bronx NY

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!