Street Lab is a nonprofit that creates and shares extraordinary programs for public space across New York City—pop-up reading rooms, open-air drawing studios, and more. We do this work in order to improve the urban environment, strengthen neighborhoods, and bring New Yorkers together. We also send kits around the world so that others can do the same.

In the Lab… the latest:

  • We’ve launched a new way to involve NYC teens in our work.
  • Catch a video about our work supporting NYC Open Streets.
  • We’re expanding our work in underserved neighborhoods right now, your donation to Street Lab goes directly to that effort!

100 Activations for NYC

In the second half of 2021, Street Lab is adding 100 new activations on the streets of NYC that will support neighborhoods hit hard by COVID. Our goal is to help the city recover and point the way to a different, better future for our streets.

Since 2011, we’ve deployed our programs over 950 times in 250 locations across NYC.

Heat map of Street Lab deployments in NYC

Learn about where we work…

Street Lab transforms each host site, offering visitors a special urban experience—enjoyable, educational, simple, direct, and out-of-the-ordinary.

Betty Chen

NYC Planning Commission

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Thank you to our supporters!

Awards & Press

Winner 2014 Mayor of Boston’s Public Space Invitational.

National Book FoundationWinner 2013 Innovations in Reading Prize.

Featured US Pavilion 2012 Venice Architecture Biennale