Every year, in July and August, we turn our attention to a special effort: how to reach NYC kids with reading and learning opportunities outside of school, during summer. With start-up funding from the Shippy Foundation, we deploy the Uni portable reading room right where kids gather: NYC play streets in the boroughs.

Over the next eight weeks, we’ll focus on play streets in Harlem and the Bronx, creating an oasis with high-quality books, friendly staff, seating, and shade where kids can read, draw, solve a puzzle. Learning can be a life-long pleasure—that’s the simple idea behind the Uni portable reading room at play streets. Thank you to our two host partners: Harvest Home Farmers Markets and Caldwell Enrichment Programs. Read more about our work at NYC Play Streets since 2013. Contact Leslie to learn more about how a donation or sponsorship can help expand and strengthen our work at play streets.

Uni reading room at West Harlem Play Street, July 7, 2015.

Uni reading room at West Harlem Play Street, July 7, 2015.

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!