nycdot_200x100This weekend, NYC DOT invited the Uni Project to join a new public space initiative called Shared Streets in Lower Manhattan. For several hours, pedestrians, cyclists, and cars shared the historic streets and motorists were encouraged to drive 5 mph. (This is advanced urban stuff; you can find shared streets over in Europe.) We were pleased to sign on, and we deployed Uni READ and DRAW at two separate locations.

Shared Streets LogoREAD spent the day on Wall St in front of Federal Hall, the birthplace of American government. DRAW landed at Bowling Green in front of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI). At READ, we curated a special selection of books for this historic location, including shelves dedicated to NMAI, the Skyscraper Museum, the China Institute, and Federal Hall National Memorial. Thanks to all these great partners and NYC DOT!

Uni on Wall Street:

Uni at Bowling Green:

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.