PLAY NYC brings safe, hands-free play for children on closed-off streets in high-need NYC neighborhoods. The set-up includes an obstacle course, exercise activities, and learning experiences. PLAY NYC builds on our work at play streets since 2013 and has been redesigned from the ground up with industrial designer Hannah Berkin-Harper in response to COVID-19. Program elements include:

  • Street Marking Kit which includes chalk, stencils, protractors, other tools approved by NYC Department of Transportation for marking the street;
  • Street Layouts to create engaging, appropriately-distanced zones for story hour, street games, and physical activities (obstacle course, maze, race track);
  • Barrier and Multilingual Signage System to guide pedestrians through the installation and maintain distancing, while also serving as a basis for obstacle courses and other games;
  • Custom-designed benches that are hand-deployable, easy to disinfect, and stored on a rolling dolly in a compact stack;
  • Clipboard-based activity kits with reading, writing, and drawing activities;
  • Teaching artists, performers, and readers;
  • Street Lab staff to oversee all.

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.

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PLAY NYC Design Partner:

Hannah Berkin-Harper

PLAY NYC Founding Sponsors:

Lead Sponsor 2020

NYC COVID-19 Response and Impact Fund at The New York Community Trust

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Blog posts about PLAY NYC:

Next Steps

Next Steps

Dear friends and followers, We hope you are healthy and safe. Just six weeks ago, we were poised to launch our biggest season ever, with 157 deployments already scheduled across NYC. All of that is now on hold. The need for everyone to stay home has been a near...

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Making a place for learning at NYCHA public housing

Making a place for learning at NYCHA public housing

Many NYC kids who live in low-income neighborhoods report that there is little to do over the summer, especially when camps and cultural institutions are out of reach. To help fix that, for six weeks this summer, we created a safe place to hang out and learn next to...

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Making a place for learning at NYC summer play streets

Making a place for learning at NYC summer play streets

The Uni Project has brought learning to NYC play streets since 2013, and this year we deployed our newest program BUILD NYC to play streets at Butler and Forest Houses (NYCHA) hosted by the Police Athletic League (PAL). One of our goals was to work with play street...

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