Where we work

Our programs pop up in:

Deployments since 2011. Larger dots indicate more visits.

We go to NYC Plazas...

...and NYC Street Festivals

...and NYC Play Streets

...and NYC Parks & Playgrounds

Everywhere we go is by request from local groups or city agencies and we prioritize underserved locations. Since 2011, we’ve offered over 950 days of programming in 250 public spaces across New York City.

We also send kits around the world so that other cities can copy our model. So far, we’ve created more than 50 programming kits for libraries, agencies, and organizations across the globe.

Explore deployments on our blog:

Launching new effort to bring NYC artists to the street

Launching new effort to bring NYC artists to the street

Today Street Lab launches a new effort to activate streets with the work of City Artist Corps grant recipients who have not been able to exhibit their work indoors due to COVID. We're creating open-air, pop-up galleries in restaurant dining sheds, inviting artists to...

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Decades

Decades

Tomorrow morning, a decade ago in Lower Manhattan, we created our first pop-up reading room. We wanted to mark a day that forever changed us a decade before. And we were thinking of the future. Thank you to everyone who has joined with us across these years. Peace. -...

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Street Lab Teens reflect on their summer experience

Street Lab Teens reflect on their summer experience

This past summer for the first time, a new program called Street Lab Teens offered ten New York City youth a chance to work with Street Lab to bring community-oriented programming to neighborhood public spaces across the city. Read on, as two Street Lab Teens share...

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New Initiative launched: 100 Activations for NYC

New Initiative launched: 100 Activations for NYC

Today, we're excited to announce: in the second half of 2021, Street Lab is adding 100 new deployments of Street Lab’s signature programs to newly-created Open Streets, NYCHA public housing developments, and other public spaces in the 33 of the hardest hit...

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Mid-year update—dreams for our streets

Mid-year update—dreams for our streets

Dear friends and followers, Here’s a quick update on Street Lab at the halfway mark of 2021. To date, Street Lab has already popped-up a record 95 times on the street, providing reading rooms, play streets, and drawing studios across the city. And 150+ more...

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Drawing Comparisons—a photo-essay inspired by Helen Levitt

Drawing Comparisons—a photo-essay inspired by Helen Levitt

My favorite place in the Lower East Side is… – the boy eyed the chalk prompt written in the middle of Avenue B, “What about my favorite place to hang out with my friends? Can I write that?” “Sure,” I answered. He dropped to his knees. S – T – S, he chalked carefully....

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