Pop-up West Harlem!

Pop-Up West Harlem is an initiative offering pop-up reading rooms, drawing stations, and other cultural and educational amenities in the public spaces of West Harlem. With support from the West Harlem Development Corporation in 2019, Street Lab was able to pop-up ten times, creating new ways for residents to gather, enhancing the streetscape, and making neighborhood spaces more welcoming to all—especially children, women, and families. Scroll down to see more of our work in West Harlem across the years, and stay tuned for more to come in 2020.

2019 Highlights

Pop-up reading rooms
Weekend Walk Street Festivals
Amsterdam Ave at 139th St

Pop-up urban nature exhibit
Johnny Hartman Plaza
W 143rd St

EXPLORE urban birds!
Weekend Walk Street Festivals
Hamilton Place at W142nd St

Pop-up drawing studios
Johnny Hartman Plaza
W 143rd St

Pop-up drawing studios
Jacob H. Schiff Playground
Amsterdam Ave.

BUILD NYC
Building together
St. Nicholas Park

Look back at our work in West Harlem over the years

Uni Project wraps up Pop-up West Harlem!

Uni Project wraps up Pop-up West Harlem!

This week, we wrapped a special series of pop-up installations in West Harlem that landed at Sheltering Arms Pool, Jacob H. Schiff Playground, and a street festival on Hamilton Place. Our work at Sheltering Arms Pool was in coordination with New York City...

Uni Project brings BUILD NYC to Harlem’s Sheltering Arms Pool

Uni Project brings BUILD NYC to Harlem’s Sheltering Arms Pool

Here's a look back at a special series at Sheltering Arms Pool, where we brought our BUILD NYC program (interactive building stations, playful materials, design challenges) during July 2018. Our work at Sheltering Arms Pool was in support of the New York...

Uni Project returns to Jacob Schiff Playground with BUILD NYC

Uni Project returns to Jacob Schiff Playground with BUILD NYC

BUILD NYC is a pop-up installation that lets New Yorkers build together with LEGOs and more. Today, we set up on a plaza at the entrance of the park so people on Amsterdam Avenue could stop and join us. Today's event is part of our series called Pop-up...

Creating a place to draw on the streets of NYC with Blick Art Materials

Creating a place to draw on the streets of NYC with Blick Art Materials

Over the next several months, the Uni Project will work with Blick Art Materials to bring our open-air art studio (DRAW NYC) to community street festivals known as Weekend Walks. Today we were hosted by Hamilton Heights-West Harlem Community Preservation Organization...

Pop-up West Harlem!

Pop-up West Harlem!

Today, we launch a special series of pop-up installations serving West Harlem. First stop: Sheltering Arms Pool, where our BUILD NYC program (interactive building stations, playful materials, design challenges) will land every Friday through...

Uni goes “Under the Viaduct” in West Harlem

Uni goes “Under the Viaduct” in West Harlem

On July 16th, the Uni transformed a block of 12th Avenue under the viaduct at a festival called “Under the Viaduct” organized by Savona Bailey-McClain and her West Harlem Art Fund. Check out the moss below!

Uni at play streets. Booyah!

Uni at play streets. Booyah!

This summer, we created regular pop-up reading rooms at six different play streets in Harlem, the Bronx, and Brooklyn. Play streets are just what they sound like—streets closed to traffic so kids can play and get physical exercise. In NYC, the Uni Project is...