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.

Get involved

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

Become a sponsor of PLAY NYC!

Spread the word

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 2-5pm

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:

Activating an Open Street in East Harlem

Activating an Open Street in East Harlem

Today Street Lab went to East Harlem to join our friends at Uptown Grand Central to: activate an Open Street, provide a place for community, and encourage passersby to support local restaurants. We brought PLAY NYC, our program for safe, hands-free play on streets,...

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Have fun, stay safe—new signage for PLAY NYC

Have fun, stay safe—new signage for PLAY NYC

Here's a preview of new signage for PLAY NYC, which hits the streets tomorrow, starting a four week run across New York City. Designed for Street Lab by Alex Ching, these signs will help our staff and our community partners guide kids and families to stay safe, while...

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