Many NYC kids who live in low-income neighborhoods report that there is little to do over the summer, especially when camps and cultural institutions are out of reach. To help fix that, for six weeks this summer, we created a safe place to hang out and learn next to basketball courts where the Police Athletic League (PAL) offers sports activities. We offered a playful, pop-up learning environment, with LEGO, Magna-Tiles, Imagination Playground blocks, books, drawing, puzzles, and more, to more than 400 kids at eight different New York City Housing Authority developments across the city (Tompkins, Butler, Wagner, Castle Hill, St. Nicholas, Brownsville, Bushwick and Queensbridge Houses). This work builds on our work at NYCHA houses last summer and was made possible with funding from the Building Healthy Communities/Mayor’s Action Plan for Neighborhood Safety through the Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice, and additional support was provided by WellMet Philanthropy.

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Our 2019 NYCHA locations:

Castle Hill Houses NYCHA

Wagner Houses NYCHA

Brownsville Houses NYCHA

Bushwick Houses NYCHA

St. Nicholas Houses NYCHA

Butler Houses NYCHA

Tompkins Houses NYCHA

Queensbridge Houses NYCHA

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!