THE POWERHOUSE ARENA — a laboratory for creative thought.

Home to world-renowned art book publisher powerHouse Books, the Arena is a gallery, boutique, book store, performance, and events space located at 37 Main Street, in New York City’s scenic DUMBO neighborhood. With soaring 24-foot ceilings on the 5,000 square foot ground floor (with over 175 linear-feet of glass frontage and amphitheater-style seating), the powerHouse Arena showcases a series of landmark exhibitions, performances, and controlled mayhem fusing the worlds of art, photography, design, fashion, pop culture, advertising, music, dance, film, and television into a glorious whirlwind of captivating spectacle. One of twelve places to see in The New York Times36 Hours: Photography in NYC!
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“They’re consistently spot-on with book launch / talk programming, and they’re our go-to for literary events.”
— Brightest Young Things

“The powerHouse Arena is quickly becoming one of the best spots to hear authors read their work.”
— Time Out New York

“The powerHouse Arena has all the books you want, and none of the ones you don’t. It’s Great!”
— DC Pierson – Author of The Boy Who Couldn’t Sleep and Never Had To

“powerHouse events are all-out parties rather than staid readings. Attention is paid to pairing the right music with the right book-performers from Kool DJ Red Alert to the MisShapes have played book parties-and an open bar is almost always part of the equation.”
— Publishers Weekly

“If you are looking for great kids’ books, powerHouse Arena has done all of the work for you. They have assembled such a fun collection of books that you can not go wrong. Beautiful classics, new discoveries, unexpected treasures. Go there now.”
— Jon Scieszka – Author of The Stinky Cheese Man

“powerHouse Arena is one of the few places in the city where writers and readers can have a dialog in what has to be the most impressive reading space any indie bookstore offers. It’s a great reminder why independent bookstores are so necessary, and what their function is in a democracy; it gives all of us an opportunity, to openly discuss, in public, face to face questions of the day. The fact that they serve alcohol is, of course, no minor benefit.”
— Joe Meno – Author of The Great Perhaps

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Upcoming Events:

Houston Rap/Houston Rap Tapes by Peter Beste & Lance Scott Walker
Houston Rap/Houston Rap Tapes by Peter Beste & Lance Scott Walker
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Photographer Peter Beste and writer Lance Scott Walker share Houston Rap and Houston Rap Tapes, two books documenting the most influential style in twenty-first century hip hop.

powerHouse Launch of Eating Delancey: A Celebration of Jewish Food by Aaron Rezny & Jordan Schaps
powerHouse Launch of Eating Delancey: A Celebration of Jewish Food by Aaron Rezny & Jordan Schaps
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Aaron Rezny & Jordan Schaps celebrate the release of their toast to the veritable heart of Jewish cuisine in NYC, Delancey Street on the Lower East Side.

Book Launch: Here by Richard McGuire, with Peter Mendelsund
Book Launch: Here by Richard McGuire, with Peter Mendelsund
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One of the great comic pioneers of our time, Richard McGuire presents the curious store of a corner of one room, and the events that have transpired there over thousands of years. Peter Mendelsund joins him in conversation.

NYC Launch: Last Days in Shanghai by Casey Walker, with Hannah Tinti
NYC Launch: Last Days in Shanghai by Casey Walker, with Hannah Tinti
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A tale of corruption and compromise exploring present day China’s rapacious turn to capitalism, Casey Walker’s new novel makes its NYC debut. Hannah Tinti joins him in conversation.

Book Launch: NYHC by Tony Rettman
Book Launch: NYHC by Tony Rettman
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Tony Rettman shares NYHC: New York Hardcore 1980-1990, an oral history capturing ten years of breakdowns, broken bones, and DIY spirit. We’ll also have a variety of vendors selling records, posters, and memorabilia at a make-shift flea market.

Holiday Tasting & Book Signing with Brooklyn’s Best Bakers and Treat Makers
Holiday Tasting & Book Signing with Brooklyn’s Best Bakers and Treat Makers
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Taste treats by Ovenly, Baked, Liddabit Sweets, One Girl Cookies, and Four & Twenty Blackbirds, and hear stories by authors Teddy Wayne, Emma Straub, and Diana Spechler to get you into the holiday spirit!

5th Annual Dumbo Family Holiday Party
5th Annual Dumbo Family Holiday Party
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Join the holiday fun as powerHouse’s favorite kids books illustrators battle each other in a fast-paced and good-natured drawing competition based on holiday-inspired suggestions from kids in the audience! Santa will join for a visit and photo op.

powerHouse Books Launch: What My Daughter Wore by Jenny Williams
powerHouse Books Launch: What My Daughter Wore by Jenny Williams
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Brooklyn artist Jenny Williams stops by the Arena to celebrate her new book, an original collection of intimate and playful drawings cataloging the sartorial choices of young girls.