This summer, we are once again deploying to play streets in Harlem and the Bronx. Today, I worked one of our favorites, run by Caldwell Programs in Morrisania. I hung out, and took some photos, let the kids take photos, and gathered feedback for our new SOLVE program. Learn more about our ongoing effort at play streets, made possible by a grant from Shippy Foundation. Thanks to Uni site manager Egypt Calier and Jennings Play Street founder Lonnie Hardy.

Uni at Jennings St Playstreet

Play streets are a tradition in New York City. Streets are closed to traffic for play, usually during summer when school is closed. They are located where access to parks and playgrounds are limited.

Uni at Jennings St Playstreet

Uni at Jennings St Playstreet

Lonnie Hardy, play street founder, reading to a friend.

Uni at Jennings St Playstreet

Uni at Jennings St Playstreet

I brought some samples of new items that we’re including in SOLVE, our next program, coming on the heels of READ and DRAW.

Uni at Jennings St Playstreet

Uni at Jennings St Playstreet

Uni at Jennings St Playstreet

Uni at Jennings St Playstreet

Thanks to our partner Green Below 14 for providing Imagination Playground blocks for our work in Harlem and the Bronx this summer.

Uni at Jennings St Playstreet

He said this game reminded him of playing chess as a kid…

Uni at Jennings St Playstreet

Uni at Jennings St Playstreet

Uni at Jennings St Playstreet

Uni at Jennings St Playstreet

Uni at Jennings St Playstreet

Uni at Jennings St Playstreet

Thanks to the crew at Jennings St. See you next week.

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, which was a portable reading room that roamed the city. In 2020, we are re-introducing our original name Street Lab to tie all this work together going forward, with much more to come.