When you schedule 145 outdoor deployments as we did this year, here’s the truth: sometimes it rains. Rainy day photos often get cut from the blog, but something caught my eye in these images of the Uni last weekend in Ridgewood. Despite intermittent rain and wind, the neighborhood came out, gathered, and turned a closed-off street into a thriving community space. And you can see below that people were all smiles.

It’s easy to talk about placemaking. It’s tricky to do it even on a sunny day. But it takes a special breed to do it in the rain. A salute is due to all the placemakers on the ground—in this case the hard-working folks at Myrtle Ave BID who closed off the street and created a reason for people to gather. Count us in for next year’s Ridgewood Stroll!

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Local restaurants lined the street with food samples.

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And yes, free beer can help rainy day placemaking.

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Our friends at Queens Library had a table nearby.

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Special thanks to Ted Renz at Myrtle Ave BID for inviting the Uni to Ridgewood.

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Here’s how the Uni reading room works:

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…friends and family…

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…learn together!

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 600 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!