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 700 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 on our blog:

Making a place for learning at NYCHA public housing

Making a place for learning at NYCHA public housing

Many NYC kids who live in low-income neighborhoods report that there is little to do over the summer, especially when camps and cultural institutions are out of reach. To help fix that, for six weeks this summer, we created a safe place to hang out and learn next to...

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Creating a place to DRAW together in Times Square

Creating a place to DRAW together in Times Square

Our DRAW program is in the middle of a month-long residency in Times Square. Join us every Wednesday 12-3pm and draw with fellow New Yorkers at an open-air art studio, featuring fine art materials donated by Blick Art Materials and an artist-in-residence. Made...

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Highlights from DRAW and WRITE at Chelsea Market in 2019

Highlights from DRAW and WRITE at Chelsea Market in 2019

Here are highlights from a three-month residency of DRAW and a month-long residency of WRITE at Chelsea Market. DRAW is a portable art studio that travels the city and lets New Yorkers draw together. WRITE is a new program that lets New Yorkers write, type, scrawl a...

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WRITE wraps up a month-long residency at Chelsea Market

WRITE wraps up a month-long residency at Chelsea Market

After a bustling, month-long residency at Chelsea Market, our WRITE program served a few last patrons before heading out onto the streets for the rest of summer. WRITE is being developed with Therese Cox, a Heyman Center Public Humanities Fellow at Columbia...

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EXPLORE in NYC Chinatown supported by Blackstone volunteers

EXPLORE in NYC Chinatown supported by Blackstone volunteers

Residents and visitors to Chinatown had an opportunity to explore urban nature in Sara D. Roosevelt Park in Chinatown, thanks to the Blackstone Charitable Foundation and Blackstone employees who volunteered and work one-on-one with children. Blackstone has generously...

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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!