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:

Book Launch: You're Not Much Use to Anyone by David Shapiro, with Jesse Cohen
Book Launch: You're Not Much Use to Anyone by David Shapiro, with Jesse Cohen
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Shapiro’s provocative debut novel blurs the line between life and fiction, depicting the obsessive world of the twenty-something with frightening clarity. Jesse Cohen of the band Tanlines joins him in conversation. Tao Lin, Jon Caramanica, and Sasha Frere-Jones to DJ.

powerHouse Book Launch: Cover and What We See When We Read by Peter Mendelsund, with Will Schwalbe
powerHouse Book Launch: Cover and What We See When We Read by Peter Mendelsund, with Will Schwalbe
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“Once in a while I’m presented with covers that cross the barriers of cultural reference and visual language. That feel universal. That feel like perfect starts to stories. Covers that I don’t want the reader to forget, but to carry with them throughout my books. Those covers are Peters Mendelsund’s covers.”—Jo Nesbø, author of The Snowman

Book Launch: Powers of Two by Joshua Wolf Shenk, with Eamon Dolan
Book Launch: Powers of Two by Joshua Wolf Shenk, with Eamon Dolan
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Shenk’s new book explores the at once intuitive and surprising roll creative duos play in shaping our culture. Editor Eamon Dolan joins in conversation.

Thursday Aug 07, 2014 6:00 PM
Opening Reception: Brooklyn Queens Elite, Art Exhibition, curated by Yvette Hidalgo
Opening Reception: Brooklyn Queens Elite, Art Exhibition, curated by Yvette Hidalgo
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The BQE: Brooklyn Queens Elite art exhibition at THE POWERHOUSE ARENA in DUMBO, Brooklyn will open on Thursday, August 7th from 6pm – ­9pm. Featuring the work of Brooklyn and Queens natives who came of age during the golden era of hip hop, artists in the exhibition include: Alice Mizrachi, Ambi67, Antonio KEL 5MH, CERN, David Cooper, Ernie Paniccioli, Greg Larmache, Olivia Jarowski­Lovera, TooFly, Tommy Rebel, URNewYork, and WRY TCK.