Pop up that brings New Yorkers together

300+ a year, all five boroughs

Street Lab is a nonprofit that creates and shares programs for public space across New York City. We do this work to improve the urban environment, strengthen neighborhoods, and bring New Yorkers together. We also send kits around the world to help other cities do the same.

When I saw what you created on our street, it was exactly what I dreamed of, but never imagined possible. Somehow you created the dream in my head of what the city can be.

David Estrada

Sunset Park Fifth Ave BID

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

Since 2011, we’ve deployed our programs 1,511+ times in 326 locations across NYC.

Heat map of Street Lab deployments in NYC

And right now, Street Lab is:

    • Prototyping new designs that activate NYC streets for community use

    Here’s a year-end summary from Street Lab’s founders asking for your support as we head into 2023. Your donation goes directly to our work in low-income communities and helps support a vibrant, shared street life in NYC neighborhoods. Thanks!

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    Thank you to our supporters!

    Awards & Press

    2021 Best of the City Award, Time Out New York

    National Book FoundationWinner 2013 Innovations in Reading Prize

    Winner 2014 Boston Public Space Invitational
    Featured 2012 Venice Architecture Biennale