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…

  • New program WRITE NYC.
  • New table design for public space.
  • Collaboration with Columbia GSAPP students and a Harlem youth organization.

Winner 2014 Mayor of Boston’s Public Space Invitational.

National Book FoundationWinner 2013 Innovations in Reading Prize.

Featured US Pavilion 2012 Venice Architecture Biennale Spontaneous Interventions

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…

Since 2011, we’ve deployed our programs 756 times in 219 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

Upcoming Events

Jun 05
Jun 12

WRITE at Putnam Triangle Plaza

June 12, 2:30 pm - 5:30 pm

Street Lab/ Uni Project on Twitter:

Thank you to our supporters!

About our “new” name… Street Lab.

Street Lab began in Boston in 2006. In 2011, we moved the organization to NYC and launched the Uni Project—a portable reading room for public space. In 2020, we are re-introducing our original name Street Lab to tie all of our work together going forward, with much more to come.