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 740 days of programming in 215+ public spaces across New York City. Everywhere we go is by request from local groups or city agencies and we prioritize underserved locations. To date, over 250 organizations have served as our host partners. We also partner with NYC Department of Transportation, NYC Department of Parks and Recreation, and The Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice, aligning 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.

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Highlights from 2019

Highlights from 2019

Dear Friends, A quick update about what we've been working on, and a thought about where we work—public space. In New York City, public space is often a way to get from point A to point B. Sidewalk means: keep walking, there's someone right behind you here. And it...

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BUILD NYC comes inside for the winter—join us at Chelsea Market

BUILD NYC comes inside for the winter—join us at Chelsea Market

BUILD NYC lets New Yorkers build together on the street, and now we're bringing it inside to Chelsea Market for winter. Join us every Sunday through 1/5 from 11am-2pm. (Closed 12/22.) All ages and always free. Build. Together. NYC. Thanks to our host Chelsea Market!...

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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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