Sep-Jun: Mon-Fri, 10am-7pm; Sat-Sun, 11am-7pm; Jul-Aug: Sun-Wed, 10am-7pm; Thu-Sat, 10am-8pm
A, C at High St.; F at York St.
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The well-lit ground floor of this towering, whitewashed Dumbo space nicknamed the powerHouse Arena serves as both an independent bookstore and art gallery. A mezzanine level displays sculptural pieces, and atop the terraced back wall (used for readings and performances) are the offices of powerHouse books, which publishes more than half of the store’s stock. Art books dominate the collection, laid out on tables and rolling cement-and-wood carts under headings like fashion and photojournalism. The offbeat lineup is eclectic: Thomas Roma photos of abandoned prison cells, Nathaniel Welch’s critical image-essay "Spring Broke," The Vice Photo Book, and pictorial biographies of Jeff Bridges and Pope John Paul II are all in the mix. But it’s not just art that keeps this powerHouse running: The sprawling children’s-book section rivals the photo area in square footage, and edgy Brooklyn parents peruse the bestsellers with their brood on the weekends.Private Events
The flexible space can be rented out for weddings, bar mitzvahs, wrap parties, and the like, as well as for corporate-sponsored promotional events (like the Puma-branded table-tennis tournament it once hosted).