IMAGINE

Pop-up community engagement

IMAGINE makes a place for New Yorkers to be heard—where community members can share their insights, experiences, and ideas about their street, neighborhood, and city. Designed to be a fun and memorable experience that brings together New Yorkers of all ages, IMAGINE NYC encourages participants to engage with the PAST, PRESENT, and FUTURE of their spaces, featuring different activities such as…

  • handwritten tags to share and display local stories and memories
  • an “I-spy” activity that encourages observing, understanding, and documenting public spaces
  • a Polaroid-photo station where New Yorkers can share their aspirations, needs, and visions for change in their neighborhood in a street gallery

… and more! These activities come paired with custom physical elements that include tables, benches, and gallery displays.

Our goal is for people to leave feeling connected and inspired by the ideas of other New Yorkers throughout their community. Look out for a newly expanded IMAGINE NYC in communities around the city in 2024.

A wooden chalk board that has "Imagine with Decatur" written on it.
A woman and man talking on the street.
A boy writing something on the roll of paper on a wooden table on the street.
Two girls writing on notecards on a wooden table on the street.
Two boys writing something on notecards clipped on the wooden frame.
A woman writing "IMAGINE 234th St" on the chalkboard on the street.
Group of people engaging in a community engagement activity. The signage reads "IMAGINE NYC E 234th St"
Two girls writing something on notecards clipped on the wooden frame.
A group of students writing something on the paper roll on the street.
A man taking a polaroid photo of a girl in the NYC street.
Mom with a child and another older child writing things on the paper on a wooden table on the street.
Adults and kids playing together on the street.