Our programs for public space


READ NYC is a pop-up, open-air reading room that offers a curated collection of books and a place to read together in public. Elements include:

  • custom-designed carts and benches for seating;
  • 200+ high-quality books for all ages (picture books, art books, books about the city, poetry and more, in various languages), with special collections from NYC museums and bookstores;
  • a mini book review activity with instant photos for people to take home;
  • staff and volunteers to facilitate, and read aloud as needed.

The program can also involve NYC libraries as well as readings by authors, educators and students.


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DRAW NYC is an open-air art studio that gives people access to fine art materials and a place to draw in public, connecting professional and student artists with the public, and exposing people to the creative effort of fellow New Yorkers.  Elements include:

  • a custom-designed cart and benches for seating;
  • high-quality paper, pencils, charcoal, drawing boards, and other tools for drawing; 
  • self-guided activities contributed by The Drawing Center, artists, and illustrators;
  • artists-in-residence, working alongside the public;
  • a collection of art books;
  • a communal portfolio/display of drawings by New Yorkers;
  • staff, volunteers, and artists to facilitate.


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EXPLORE NYC is a hands-on science exhibit that brings the exploration of urban nature to the streets. Elements include:

  • a custom-designed cart and benches for seating;
  • specimens to explore, including rocks, feathers, bones, moss, water samples, and more;
  • a nature-sounds listening station;
  • microscopes and magnifying glasses;
  • water-color pencils, brushes, and instructions about techniques of biological drawing;
  • a nature rubbing activity;
  • science books to read;
  • staff, volunteers, and educators to facilitate.


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BUILD NYC is an installation of interactive building stations featuring a range of materials with which to build as well as design and engineering challenges that expose people to diverse works of architecture, design, engineering and construction. Elements include:

  • custom-designed display units, with tables for building and benches for seating;
  • building blocks, Lego, Imagination Playground blocks, MagnaTiles, and more;
  • architectural stamps and stencils;
  • self-guided activities contributed by architects, engineers, and educators;
  • books on architecture and engineering;
  • staff and volunteer professionals (from local firms) to facilitate.


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SOLVE NYC is a puzzle station, with unique and unusual puzzles of all kinds. Elements include:

  • a custom-designed cart, benches for seating, and table-surfaces for puzzling;
  • puzzles that challenge people’s math and spatial reasoning abilities, with special activities curated by mathematicians, scientists, and organizations;
  • tables and trays for activities;
  • staff, volunteers, and educators to facilitate.


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WRITE NYC – our latest program!

WRITE NYC is an interactive writing station for the streets, providing a place for people to gather and connect through writing, increasing opportunities for expression, and revealing the inner lives and creative efforts of fellow New Yorkers. Elements include:

  • custom-made writing tables at different heights, with benches for seating;
  • paper, pens, ink, typewriters, and other tools for writing;
  • self-guided activities contributed by writers and writing organizations;
  • a pop-up “post-office” where people can write postcards or letters;
  • a collection of books and other writing samples;
  • a communal portfolio/display of people’s writing;
  • staff, volunteers, and teaching artists to facilitate.


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How can I bring these programs to my neighborhood?

We work in prominent locations and intimate neighborhood settings alike. We can pop-up alone or as part of a larger event. We’re a nonprofit, and we offer a sliding scale to help community organizations afford this amenity in NYC. Here’s a form to request a visit. Contact Leslie Davol with any questions.

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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!