Author Archive | Sam


New EXPLORE cart brings STEAM learning to NYC Chinatown

The Uni Project returned to Chinatown’s Sara D. Roosevelt Park this weekend and brought something new: an EXPLORE cart created in partnership with the Harlem-based HYPOTHEkids for their STEAM the Streets initiative. People gathered around microscopes and magnifying glasses at our portable science lab. We also offered a biological drawing activity adapted from our DRAW […]

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Uni Project READ

Uni Project season gets underway tonight!

Ever wish you could invite New Yorkers into your apartment, let ’em browse your books, and read on your couch? Nope, me neither. Fortunately, we have public space and the Uni portable reading room! Sam here, reminding you that our 2017 season launches tonight. Check out our upgraded calendar to find the Uni—we’ve got a new […]

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Uni truck

Come work at the Uni Project

Looking for a challenge? You could be running pop-up installations that offer reading, drawing, and more in NYC public space. You are fearless, friendly, and organized. The Uni Project is hiring. Let’s do this. (Just want to help the cause from time to time?  Join our great team of volunteers!)

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The Uni in Washington Square Park

Uni Project will become 100% climate neutral in 2017

This one is personal for Leslie and me. We are committing this nonprofit to become a 100% climate neutral organization in 2017, and we will make sustainability a priority across all aspects of the organization going forward. No line of work, no company, no nonprofit is so important that we shouldn’t expect and demand that it be transformed […]

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Uni at La Marqueta

Uni lands at La Marqueta in East Harlem

On Thursday, Oct 20 the Uni joined a city-wide celebration of Food Day called the “Big Apple Crunch” at La Marqueta on East 116th St. Thanks to our host and partner New Harlem East Merchants’ Association, with a special shout out to NHEMA’s Carey King. Over 120 school children participated and NYC City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito dropped in too. Thanks also […]

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Leslie Davol

Donors extend the Uni season deep into fall

Last month, I asked for your help, via our email newsletter, to fund an extension of our season in Chinatown and Harlem. We have great staff running reading rooms in two deserving locations—why stop? You answered with a roar, and I’m pleased to announce that we’ll offer open-air reading rooms in New York through election day. Be […]

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Leslie assigns Uni email newsletter to Sam!

Everyone working at the Uni Project wears a basket of hats. Examples include: fundraiser, librarian, truck driver, bookkeeper. This quarter, Leslie assigned the email newsletter to me! Here are the results. You can use the same link above to subscribe to our lovely newsletter. Four emails a year, no more. As a bonus, if we happen to […]

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The Uni turns five

This has been a good, busy, familiar kind of weekend. Today we created two, simultaneous outdoor reading rooms along 125th Street with terrific partners in Harlem. Tomorrow, we go to Chinatown to launch a residency with our DRAW cart. Good stuff for New Yorkers to do together. But this weekend is special. Five years ago tonight, I was all nerves, […]

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Uni at Playground 103

Uni at Playground 103 in East Harlem, series wraps tomorrow

The Uni has been at Playground 103 in East Harlem to reach kids and families living nearby at NYCHA East River Houses. Our work here is in partnership with NYC Parks in support of the Community Parks Initiative, and tomorrow is our final deployment before the park gets a major renovation. I’ve enjoyed getting to know everyone at 103, and we’re grateful to Kristy […]

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The Uni Project is the operating name (DBA) of Street Lab, a 501c3 nonprofit.