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. Bring us to your neighborhood. Get a kit for your city.

In the Lab… coming soon:

  • Our quarterly email update reviews our work this summer and previews the fall.
  • A new program: open-air Homework Hubs.
  • Collaboration with architect Büro Koray Duman to create new pop-up installation for the street.

Since 2011, we’ve deployed our programs over 800 times in 229 locations across NYC.

Heat map of Street Lab deployments in NYC

Learn about where we work…


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

Betty Chen

NYC Planning Commission

The Uni Project is our special initiative focused on reaching at-risk New York City kids in the neighborhood public spaces where they gather. Learn about the Uni and donate…

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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