Where we work

Where we work

Public space, in all five boroughs of New York City.

Deployments since 2011. Larger dots indicate more visits.

We go to NYC Plazas...

...and NYC Street Festivals

...and NYC Play Streets

...and NYC Parks & Playgrounds

Since 2011, we’ve offered over 500 days of programming in 150+ public spaces across New York City. We respond to requests from local groups who serve as our host partners. We have 100+ community partners, and 86% of our work is in low/moderate-income areas. We partner with NYC Department of Transportation and NYC Department of Parks and Recreation, and we align our work with citywide initiatives focused on resource equity, parks, plazas, community safety, and educational achievement gaps.

Deployments by Year

We also send kits around the world so that other cities can copy our model. So far, we’ve created 35 reading room kits for libraries, agencies, and organizations across the globe.

Explore deployments over the years on our blog:

Uni wraps up outdoor season, lands in Sunnyside Queens

It’s been a big year for the Uni Project: 146 deployments in 75 different locations, offering pop-up reading rooms, art studios, and science exhibits in public spaces across New York City.  Here are a few snapshots from our final outdoor deployment of 2017...

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The Uni returns to Washington Square Park

On four Thursdays in September and October, we returned to one of our favorite places in New York City—the Northwest corner of Washington Square Park, right under the English Elm that is one of the city’s oldest trees. This year, in addition to a curated collection of...

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Starting a conversation about play

Leslie is participating in a year-long working group focused on “learning through play” with practitioners and researchers convened by the Lego Foundation. At a recent meeting, the group discussed creating a large mural in Philadelphia (inspired by artist...

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The Uni reading room at 2017 Weekend Walks

The Uni Project and NYC Department of Transportation (DOT) have teamed up so that thousands of New Yorkers can enjoy Uni reading rooms that pop up at “Weekend Walks” across New York City. The initiative is supported by funding from the Charles H. Revson...

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Street Science: the Uni EXPLORE cart on 125th Street in Harlem

This afternoon, the Uni was hanging out on 125th St at Uptown Grand Central with old friends New Harlem East Merchants Association (our host) and new friends HYPOTHEkids (partners in our new EXPLORE cart, an open-air exploration of science). We wheeled into...

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