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.

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

Coming this spring,
Street Lab is:

Street Lab wins a 2021 Best of the City Award.

Since 2011, we’ve deployed our programs 1050+ times in 278 locations across NYC.

Heat map of Street Lab deployments in NYC

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Awards & Press

Winner 2014 Boston Public Space Invitational.

National Book FoundationWinner 2013 Innovations in Reading Prize.

Featured US Pavilion 2012 Venice Architecture Biennale