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:

EXPLORE lands at Union Square Park

EXPLORE lands at Union Square Park

Today, our pop-up science exhibit EXPLORE returned to Union Square Park to support "It's My Park Day," a celebration of nature, sustainability, and Union Square Park. Thanks to our partners today, including Washington Square Eco Projects and Barnes and Noble (who...

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Designing a communal street table with Open Architecture New York

Designing a communal street table with Open Architecture New York

We need a communal table to support our programming, and we want one that will distinguish us from the folding tables out there. But the table still needs be portable and lightweight enough to transport by minivan. Open Architecture New York—an organization that...

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Leslie speaking at NYCxDESIGN Week

Leslie speaking at NYCxDESIGN Week

This Friday in Long Island City, Leslie Davol, Co-founder/Executive Director of Street Lab/Uni Project will be speaking on a lunchtime panel as part of NYCxDESIGN Week. Registration here (free).

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READ and EXPLORE on Woodside Ave with Drag Queen Story Hour

READ and EXPLORE on Woodside Ave with Drag Queen Story Hour

Our pop-up reading room and urban nature exhibit returned to Woodside Ave to help celebrate Songkran (Thai New Year) at a terrific Weekend Walk hosted by Thai Community USA NYC / Qi Will. People held birds from Washington Square Park Eco Projects, and the amazing...

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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!