Our work at NYC Parks

New York City has one of the largest urban parks systems in the US. Parks take up nearly 14% of the city’s land, providing critical open space for residents. New urban parks initiatives around the country are raising awareness about the potential for parks to do even more, bringing people together and bridging divides. Through our work in parks, the Uni Project aims to be a part of that movement here in NYC.

Since 2015, the Uni Project has partnered with NYC Department of Parks and Recreation (NYC Parks) to bring its unique portable learning environments to parks designated for investment as a part of the city’s Community Parks Initiative (CPI). Through CPI, the city is working with communities to create thriving public spaces through capital improvements, enhanced public programming, and capacity-building work with local groups to care for and better use parks in low-income, dense, and growing neighborhoods that have not seen significant capital investment in a generation. More recently, we focused our collaboration on some public pools, where thousands of New York City kids receive free meals daily.

We currently schedule most of our work in parks during the summer months when kids are out of school, targeting low-income neighborhoods where the risk of “summer slide” is also greatest. Contact us if you know a park where you’d like us to pop-up, and see our calendar to learn more about our park schedule.

Our work in NYC parks has been generously supported in the past in part by Leaves of Grass Fund, and in Manhattan by Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer. Current support is limited and comes either from sources with a specific location or neighborhood focus, or otherwise from passionate individuals.

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Blog posts about our work in NYC Parks:

A special pop-up reading room for Madison Square Park

We've created a special pop-up reading room, curated to accompany the art exhibit Delirious Matter by Diana Al-Hadid in Madison Square Park. Find us near the North reflecting pool every Thursday through August 2. In the weeks ahead, some of our other...

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BUILD together in Astoria Heights Park

Our newest program BUILD NYC landed in the recently renovated Astoria Heights Park. Thanks to our host Friends of Astoria Heights Park and NYC Department of Parks and Recreation. BUILD NYC is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City...

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Pop-up West Harlem!

Today, we launch a special series of pop-up installations serving West Harlem. First stop: Sheltering Arms Pool, where our BUILD NYC program (interactive building stations, playful materials, design challenges) will land every Friday through...

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An open-air reading room and more for Union Square Park

On Sat, June 2, the Uni Project created a special, pop-up reading room for Union Square Park. We put together a collection focused on sustainability and urban nature, and we also deployed our EXPLORE program, inviting people to learn more about urban birds...

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