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Below are a few snapshots of our work in New York City since 2011. To see our latest photos, check out our blog or social media.

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The Uni Portable Reading Room in New York City, 2014

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2011-2013

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

Uni on Montague St, visits Brooklyn Heights

The Uni Project created a reading room on the corner of Henry and Montague Streets this Sunday. We were invited by Montague St BID to join Summer Space, Montague Street’s annual Weekend Walk. Thanks to Will Donham for photos, Pascale Nijhof and Leigh Hurwitz for...

Uni in Corona with Queens Museum

For nearly two years, we've been returning regularly to Corona Plaza in Queens, under the 7 train platform. Our partner is the Queens Museum, and together we're serving a diverse community that includes many recent immigrants. The Uni Project is also evaluating how a...

Uni returns to West Harlem Play Street with Harvest Home

This summer we're starting to develop a circuit through NYC neighborhoods so our pop-up reading room can begin to have a deeper impact. We're relying on partnerships with organizations like Harvest Home—the city's largest operator of farmers markets in high-need, low...

Uni reading room returns to East Harlem farmers’ market

The Uni returned to East Harlem to create a reading room at Harvest Home's farmers' market and play street. Uni volunteers Emily Jacobson and Katherine Plater were joined by Chris, intern at La Casa Azul Bookstore. Our library partner was NYPL Aguilar Library. Today’s...

Uni reading room returns to Lyman Place, Bronx NY

As part of a run of ten Play Street deployments in partnership with Transportation Alternatives, the Uni returned for a second time to Lyman Place in the Bronx. There are fewer children passing through Lyman Place compared to some of our other locations, but we noted...

Uni lands in East Harlem market and play street

On July 25, the Uni wrapped up three deployments in a row in an East Harlem farmers' market and play street hosted by our partner Harvest Home. Uni volunteers Amelia Carver and Emily Jacobson were joined by Chris and Kasey, interns at Aurora Anaya Cerda's outstanding...

Uni back on Corona Plaza, seventh time

Corona continues to be one of the most successful locations for an open-air reading room that we've encountered in New York City. Corona kids approach the Uni before the books are even unpacked, and families stay for hours, reading together. By all measures—and we...

Uni reaches readers on the street in Brownsville, Brooklyn

On Sunday, Jun 23, the Uni was part of another DOT Weekend Walk, this time on Pitkin Avenue in Brownsville, Brooklyn, at an event called Summer Plazas organized by the Pitkin Avenue Business Improvement District. This was a classic neighborhood block party, complete...

Uni adds reading to street in Jackson Heights

On Saturday, June 22, the Uni went to Jackson Heights, Queens, to make a place for books and learning at Diversity Plaza and be part of the Jackson Heights Arts Festival organized by the arts collective Hibridos Collective in collaboration with Sukhi, a group of...

Uni at Corona Plaza with Queens Museum of Art

We love what NYC Dept. of Transportation has been doing to create pedestrian plazas with local communities. On Saturday, we went to back to one of our favorites - Corona Plaza under the 7 train, in Queens. This was our 6th time setting up in this newly pedestrianized...

Uni in Chinatown

On Sunday, the Uni wrapped up five deployments in five days with a visit to NYC Chinatown. Whew! Our pop-up community work began in Boston as residents of Boston's Chinatown with films on a vacant lot and the Chinatown Storefront Library. So this was a return of...

A student-led Uni serves Chelsea

On Wednesday, May 29, the Uni went to Clement Clarke Moore Park in the Chelsea neighborhood of Manhattan for the first of two deployments organized in conjunction with middle and high school students from nearby Avenues: The World School. For this deployment, students...

Uni in South Bronx

On Thursday, May 9, the Uni deployed to a playground adjacent to MS 223 and Clark Junior High School in the South Bronx (Third Ave and E144th St). We chose a paved area just outside the playground where we could catch the eye of the students after school and also...

Uni offers library to storm-hit Red Hook, meets future librarians

The Uni spent the day in Red Hook, Brooklyn, to serve a waterfront community still struggling after the storm. We set up between FEMA and the food trucks, across the street from a mobile clinic. And we went in partnership with the Brooklyn Public Library—BPL staff did...

Corona!

The Uni went to Corona today, and we had blast. We transformed a part of Corona Plaza near the 7 train’s 103rd St station into a reading room all day. We were invited here by the Queens Museum of Art to support the New York City Department of Transportation and other...

Uni launched, Sep. 11, 2011

On Sunday, Sep. 11, the Uni was put into service for the first time. Lower Manhattan residents joined us to inaugurate the Uni by gathering to browse and read our small collection on a difficult morning. While most of the surrounding blocks were locked down and public...