Our work at NYC Street Festivals

In recent years, more and more NYC neighborhood groups are asking the city’s Department of Transportation (NYC DOT) for permission to close off local streets on weekends so that they can create events where residents can come together. There are now over 120 of these community street events called “Weekend Walks” happening in neighborhoods across the city April through December—from Woodside Ave in Queens, to Westchester Square in the Bronx, to Forest Ave in Staten Island. And the number continues to grow because communities love them.

We admire the local groups creating these events. They want to change what’s on the street to better reflect what they aspire for themselves and for their neighborhoods. And they are asking for our help to do it. We’ve teamed up with NYC DOT to offer special programming, including a dedicated pop-up reading room along with some of our other programs. Here’s our upcoming schedule. With your support we can provide even more and raise the bar on what these events can mean to NYC communities.

Books in the pop-up reading room for Weekend Walks

 

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Deployments at NYC street festivals, from our blog…

READ and EXPLORE on Woodside Ave with Drag Queen Story Hour

READ and EXPLORE on Woodside Ave with Drag Queen Story Hour

Our pop-up reading room and urban nature exhibit returned to Woodside Ave to help celebrate Songkran (Thai New Year) at a terrific Weekend Walk hosted by Thai Community USA NYC / Qi Will. People held birds from Washington Square Park Eco Projects, and the amazing...

Our 2019 partnership with NYC DOT gets underway in East Village

Our 2019 partnership with NYC DOT gets underway in East Village

In 2019, our collaboration with NYC Department of Transportation will keep expanding, as we work together to activate plazas, street festivals, and other public spaces and encourage residents to come together on neighborhood streets. This weekend, we kicked things off...

Building together on Montague St in Brooklyn Heights

Building together on Montague St in Brooklyn Heights

Our newest program BUILD NYC landed at a busy street festival hosted by Montague St BID in Brooklyn Heights. Made possible with support from Montague St BID and also the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council. Thanks as...