Our work at NYC Street Festivals

In recent years, more and more NYC neighborhood groups are asking the city’s Department of Transportation (NYC DOT) for permission to close off local streets on weekends so that they can create events where residents can come together. There are now over 120 of these community street events called “Weekend Walks” happening in neighborhoods across the city April through December—from Woodside Ave in Queens, to Westchester Square in the Bronx, to Forest Ave in Staten Island. And the number continues to grow because communities love them.

We admire the local groups creating these events. They want to change what’s on the street to better reflect what they aspire for themselves and for their neighborhoods. And they are asking for our help to do it. We’ve teamed up with NYC DOT to offer special programming, including a dedicated pop-up reading room along with some of our other programs. Here’s our upcoming schedule. With your support we can provide even more and raise the bar on what these events can mean to NYC communities.

Books in the pop-up reading room for Weekend Walks


The Uni Project READ

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!