Our programs during COVID-19
Since 2006, Street Lab has created programs for public space that bring New Yorkers together. For the moment, our work on the street is on hold. Behind the scenes, we’re working on new ways to help New York’s public spaces bounce back safely. Here’s what we’ll bring to the street soon:
Pop-up Seating Gardens
Patterns make it easy and beautiful to stay apart.
We’re launching a new program called PLAY NYC that will support safe, hands-free play for children on closed-off streets in high-need neighborhoods. The set-up will include an obstacle course, exercise activities, learning experiences, and story time. We’re determined to make a safe place for learning and play, so kids in these neighborhoods don’t fall behind. Thanks to SPIN for early support.
Industrial designer Hannah Berkin-Harper is helping us make play “touch free.”
Builds on our Uni Project at NYC play streets since 2013.
Inside Out NYC
We’re expanding our partnerships with NYC cultural and educational institutions to bring programming out from behind the walls and onto the street. We have equipment and resources to help institutions share free performances, classes, and readings in an open-air setting. Thanks to the NYC COVID-19 Response and Impact Fund at the New York Community Trust for supporting this vision.
Small-scale, open-air cultural and educational activities can expand how we use our streets.
Street Lab has partnered on the street with The Drawing Center and all three public libraries.
Artists, educators, designers, and fabricators can play a role in re-opening NYC public space. Offer your expertise to our effort.
Sponsor our work on the streets of NYC, and learn about opportunities for employee engagement and more.
We work in prominent public spaces and neighborhoods alike. Grants can often help cover our programming costs. Reach out!
Adapting our longstanding programs
Over the years, we’ve deployed the programs shown below more than 750 times in 218 locations across NYC. We’re hard at work re-imagining how these programs can return to the street, safely. Stay tuned.