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Below are a few snapshots of the Uni portable reading room in New York City since 2011. To see 2018 photos, check out our blog and also on social media.

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The Uni Portable Reading Room in New York City, 2014

The Uni Portable Reading Room in New York City, 2014

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The Uni portable reading room. Ozone Park Plaza. 2014.

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2011-2013

Here are some of our favorite photo galleries from 2011-2013:

Uni reading room helps residents envision new plaza in Brooklyn

The Uni portable reading room is designed to share books, promote learning, and improve public space. That final criteria is why we love deployments like our visit yesterday to the corner of Ocean and Parkside Avenues in Brooklyn. We joined a one-day event organized...

Uni returns to Brownsville for Halloween at Zion Plaza

The Uni met several hundred kids and a marching band in Brownsville this Halloween. We went to Brooklyn to join a festival organized by Pitkin Avenue BID and set up on Zion Plaza at Pitkin and East New York Ave. Our participation was made possible in part by Penguin...

Uni Tower on Governors Island, 2014

Photos Archive: Governors Island, New York Harbor. Summer 2014 For the second year in a row, the Uni Project partnered with the Brooklyn Public Library, the Queens Library, and the New York Public Library to offer an open-air reading room on Governors Island. Known as...

Uni at play streets. Booyah!

This summer, we created regular pop-up reading rooms at six different play streets in Harlem, the Bronx, and Brooklyn. Play streets are just what they sound like—streets closed to traffic so kids can play and get physical exercise. In NYC, the Uni Project is...

Uni in Summer Residency at Brooklyn Bridge Park

The Uni enjoyed a summer-long residency in Brooklyn Bridge Park in 2014. Every Sunday, we offered a staffed outdoor reading room on Pier 6 as part of the park's Pier Kids events. The residency was made possible by a new reading room kit funded by long-time Uni Project...

Keeping things happening in East Village and Greenwich Village

The Uni is about more than books—it's about creating a place where people can gather around books. When we roll out the reading room, people start to acknowledge each other, connect. Sometimes they even read poetry out loud. You don't see many headphones in the Uni....

Why we keep going to Corona

Since 2012, the Uni Project has created open-air reading rooms on Corona Plaza 13 times. Our first deployment was to a strip of sidewalk next to a parking lot that would eventually become this remarkable pedestrian plaza. Over the years, we've brought our Uni tower,...

Why we keep going to Brownsville

Three times in 2014, the Uni Project created an open-air reading room on Pitkin Avenue near Zion Triangle Plaza in Brownsville, Brooklyn, to help draw people out, meet each other, read together, and have fun. We’ll return for a fourth and final visit on Halloween. Our...

Uni transforms a new plaza under the elevated in Sunnyside

On July 26, the Uni transformed the new Bliss Plaza under the 7 train in Sunnyside, Queens, into a place to gather, read, and meet neighbors. Our host was the local BID, Sunnyside Shines, and we were invited as part of Sunnyside Summer Strolls celebrating the...

Mayor Martin J. Walsh helps launch Uni for Boston

On Saturday, July 19, we were honored to launch a Uni portable reading room for Boston with help from Mayor Martin J. Walsh. The location was downtown's Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway, where this Uni will remain, popping up at different locations along the park all...

Making a reading room at a hip hop concert in Bronx

On a summer evening in the Bronx, the Uni Project made a place for books and learning at a community hip hop concert and dance party. The concert honored Bronx living legend/hip hop founding father, DJ Kool Herc, and later in the evening Kool Herc himself took over...

Creating a reading room at FDR Four Freedoms Park

By now we’ve set up Uni reading rooms on sidewalks, streets, plazas, and parks across New York City. Most of the time, our challenge is to create an oasis—a place to pause, reflect and engage the mind—in what is otherwise a dense environment designed for quick...

Uni Project joins National Book Foundation’s BookUp kids in the park

To help celebrate the accomplishments of NYC middle-schoolers in the National Book Foundation’s BookUp program, we deployed the Uni reading room at Rockefeller Park today. The kids had a picnic and read their work aloud, in public space, and the reading room was...

Uni at Talking Transition event in Lower Manhattan

This week, the Uni Project brought our reading room cart to the Talking Transitions tent in Lower Manhattan, where New Yorkers convened to discuss the Mayoral transition and the future of the city. This historic public forum was initiated by the Open Society...

Reading together in public on Pitkin Plaza, Brooklyn

Today, the Uni returned to Brownsville, Brooklyn, to create a open-air reading room for hundreds of kids and families. Thank you to our partner, Pitkin Avenue BID, and some terrific local volunteers who helped with the installation. I was there solo today—part driver,...

Creating a reading room in Clinton Hill, Brooklyn

The Uni partnered for a fourth time with Phillip Kellogg and the Fulton Area Business Alliance (FAB) to help nurture newly pedestrianized plazas in Brooklyn. By creating an open-air reading room at Putnam Triangle in Clinton Hill, we're sending a message that these...