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Street Lab’s PLAY NYC program enables safe, hands-free play for children on closed-off streets in high-need neighborhoods. The program builds on our work at NYC play streets since 2013, and was designed from the ground up with industrial designer Hannah Berkin-Harper in response to COVID-19. The program launched in July 2020 in conjunction with the launch of the city’s first official Play Street Program. Program elements include:

  • A touch-free obstacle course with colorful barriers, hurdles, balance beams, and  limbo bar, that can be arranged in any configuration and combined with chalk drawings for custom challenges;
  • Street chalk and layouts for creating engaging, appropriately-distanced zones for read-alouds, street games, and physical activities (obstacle course, maze, race track);
  • Signage guiding people through the installation and encouraging all to maintain a safe distance;
  • A health station with hand-sanitizer and masks;
  • Custom-designed benches that are easy to disinfect, and stored on a rolling dolly in a compact stack;
  • Clipboard-based activity kits with reading, writing, and drawing activities; and
  • 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.

Upcoming Events

Nov 01

NYC Mayor announcing Street Lab at 2020 Play Streets:

PLAY NYC Design Partner:

Hannah Berkin-Harper

PLAY NYC Fabrication Partner:

Bancroft Design

PLAY NYC Founding Sponsors:

Lead Sponsor 2020

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

Get involved!

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Download and share a social media card, or create your own listing using text below. Our social media links are in the footer of this web site. Thanks!

Queens

Download the card for Queens:

The Urban Assembly Institute of Math and Science for Young Women

PLAY NYC

Pruebe una nueva carrera de obstáculos sin contacto. Conozca a sus vecinos y manténgase seguro. A pop-up that supports safe, hands-free play for children on the streets in NYC neighborhoods. 

Un programa pop-up que apoya juego seguro y manos libres en las calles de los barrios de NYC. Try a new touch-free obstacle course. Meet your neighbors and stay safe.

34th Ave at 93rd St
in Queens
Every Thu in Oct 2-5pm

Our host: 34th Ave Open Streets Coalition.

Sponsored by SPIN.

Street Lab   www.streetlab.org

Bronx

Download the card for the Bronx:

The Urban Assembly Institute of Math and Science for Young Women

PLAY NYC

Pruebe una nueva carrera de obstáculos sin contacto. Conozca a sus vecinos y manténgase seguro. A pop-up that supports safe, hands-free play for children on the streets in NYC neighborhoods. 

Un programa pop-up que apoya juego seguro y manos libres en las calles de los barrios de NYC. Try a new touch-free obstacle course. Meet your neighbors and stay safe.

Willis Ave at 147th St
in the Bronx
Every Friday in Oct 2-5pm

Our host is Third Avenue BID.

Sponsored by SPIN.

Street Lab   www.streetlab.org

East Harlem

Download the card for East Harlem:

The Urban Assembly Institute of Math and Science for Young Women

PLAY NYC

Pruebe una nueva carrera de obstáculos sin contacto. Conozca a sus vecinos y manténgase seguro. A pop-up that supports safe, hands-free play for children on the streets in NYC neighborhoods. 

Un programa pop-up que apoya juego seguro y manos libres en las calles de los barrios de NYC. Try a new touch-free obstacle course. Meet your neighbors and stay safe.

Pleasant Ave at E119 St
in East Harlem
Every Sunday in Oct 12-3pm

Our host is Uptown Grand Central.

Sponsored by SPIN.

Street Lab   www.streetlab.org

Social media handles for Street Lab:

Twitter @streetlab

Instagram @streetlabnyc

Facebook @streetlabnyc

LinkedIn @streetlabnyc

Social media handles for SPIN:

Twitter @ridespin

Instagram @ridespin

Facebook @ridespin

Blog posts about PLAY NYC:

Street Lab expanding programs for safe play on NYC streets

Street Lab expanding programs for safe play on NYC streets

PRESS RELEASE 2020-10-12 Street Lab expanding programs for safe play on NYC streets  NYC nonprofit organization Street Lab will bring new opportunities for safe play for children to city streets throughout the fall, supported by Spin. Street Lab will offer its PLAY...

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Street Lab’s PLAY NYC at NYCHA public housing this year

Street Lab’s PLAY NYC at NYCHA public housing this year

Here’s a look at our work at NYCHA public housing in 2020, offering a pop-up environment for safe play and learning for kids and families living in areas included in the Mayor's Action Plan for Neighborhood Safety. PLAY NYC is a new program that support safe,...

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