Supporting New Public Spaces

In 2022, Street Lab is working with the NYC Department of Transportation (NYC DOT) and communities in the Bronx, Queens, and Brooklyn to create new Open Streets, plazas, and other public spaces in areas of the city that lack these amenities. To help these spaces succeed, we’re offering free, ongoing programming and extensive support with logistics, outreach, and community engagement.

To start, we’ve partnered with community groups to offer Open Streets in these neighborhoods:

  • Murray Hill in Queens
  • Brownsville in Brooklyn
  • Kensington in Brooklyn
  • Fordham in the Bronx
  • Mott Haven in the Bronx

Street Lab is on the ground helping communities with:

  • Obtaining permits
  • Community engagement, including outreach, workshops, and surveys
  • Staffing to support operations
  • Regular activation with Street Lab’s pop-up programs
  • Hiring local organizations, artists, and small businesses to provide activities
  • Inviting libraries and community groups to participate
  • Photography, evaluation, and documentation

For locations and a schedule of activities, scroll down.

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Here’s a schedule of activities at all of the new Open Streets we are supporting:

E 141st St between Willis Ave and Alexander Ave in Mott Haven (Bronx):

Five streets in Brownsville (Brooklyn):

Beverley Rd between Church Ave and E 2nd Ave in Kensington (Brooklyn)

Barton Ave between 149th Pl and 150th St in Murray Hill (Queens)

E 196th St between Bainbridge Ave and Briggs Ave in Fordham (Bronx)