Name: The Powerhouse Arena
Location: Currently closed, but will be reopening at a new location in Brooklyn not far from the old store.
Description: Unfortunately, I arrived at The Powerhouse Arena two days before they closed so it was hard to capture an accurate representation of what the store is like. I thought instead I would share one of their videos, which shows off the space and some of the many awesome book readings, lectures, and other events they have held over the years.
How they are combating the pressures of the digital age: In addition to their many events, The Powerhouse Arena hosts several art exhibitions each year. They also acts as a home for the publisher powerHouse Books. As a publisher, their books focus on the arts and include topics ranging from fine arts to fashion. They say of their work, “We have blazed a trail through the staid book publishing industry, releasing books that have sparked cultural trends and redefined commonly held perceptions of the purpose and role of art books in contemporary culture.” The Powerhouse Arena also plays an important role in the annual New York Photo Festival, which aims “to present in a dynamic and polished manner the best new work being producing in the photography and art world.” Finally, The Powerhouse Arena has an extensive online store that is still up and running despite the current absence of a physical location. They offer a large selection of items ranging from limited edition Powerhouse Arena tote bags to artwork and stationary. Their store menu bar even has an option for “gift registry” from which you can add items to any online registry.
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Video from Powerhouse Arena’s Vimeo account searchable from their main website.