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 on our blog:

DRAW comes inside to Chelsea Market this winter

We're expanding our work to include more indoor deployments during the winter! Starting this weekend, we'll bring our DRAW program to Chelsea Market, which is a great place to gather in the cold. Drop-in and draw with your neighbors at Chelsea Local on the lower level...

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Building together on Doyers St in Chinatown

  BUILD NYC is our new program that offers New Yorkers a way to build together, side-by-side, on the street. This weekend we landed on Doyers St in Chinatown (currently a temporary pedestrian plaza) hosted by our friends at Chinatown Partnership. Thanks to...

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Building together on Montague St in Brooklyn Heights

Our newest program BUILD NYC landed at a busy street festival hosted by Montague St BID in Brooklyn Heights. Made possible with support from Montague St BID and also the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council. Thanks as...

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Wrapping up a residency in Washington Square Park

Our 2018 residency in Washington Square Park concluded today with an open-air drawing studio in the northwest corner of the park. Fine art materials from Blick Art Materials, an artist-in-residence, and special materials from The Drawing Center rounded out the...

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An hands-on exhibit about urban nature in NYC Chinatown

Our portable exhibit about urban nature returned to Sara D Roosevelt Park today, featuring bird specimens from WSP Eco Projects and biological drawing activities. Our fall residency in Chinatown continues thanks to the generosity of our individual donors...

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Drawing together in the Village

Our residency in Washington Square Park continued today as we created an open-air drawing studio. People enjoyed fine art materials from Blick Art Materials, an artist-in-residence, and special materials from The Drawing Center. Made possible by Washington Square Park...

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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 600 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!