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’ve ramped up our schedule, join us on the street!

When you make a donation to Street Lab, it goes directly to our work in underserved neighborhoods. Read a letter from Street Lab co-founders asking for your support.

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…


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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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