Industry City Gains New Bookstore With Opening of Powerhouse Branch

A new outpost of the family-owned bookstore Powerhouse Books opened in Sunset Park on Friday. Photo via Powerhouse Books


Brooklyn’s bookworms can now find all the hottest literary titles at Industry City, where the family-owned chain bookstore Powerhouse opened its third outpost on November 20 — bringing a wide-ranging selection of curated fiction, nonfiction, cookbooks, and art publications to Sunset Park’s industrial complex.

“We are excited to join Industry City’s tradition of makers and innovators in the midst of craft food purveyors, drink makers, and creative studios, workshops, and industries of all stripes,” said Susanne König, who has co-owned Powerhouse with her husband since 2006.

They opened their first retail location in Dumbo in 2006, and a second storefront in Park Slope in 2012. The new space, located at 220 36th Street, will feature a sprawling children’s section — allowing it to become a meeting point for the neighborhood’s young bookworms, said König.

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The original Dumbo location in 2015. Photo by Barbara Eldredge

“Our beautiful open new space — brilliantly designed and developed by the Industry City design and architectural team — will allow us to produce stellar and immersive readings and kids’ events (when the world returns to normal), and, at the same time, offer a curated indie bookstore experience,” she said.

The new 2,300-square-foot space in the waterfront complex, which saw its opening delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, features the same open layout and colorful stylings of the other stores — although it boasts a much larger Spanish section for children and adults, inspired by Sunset Park’s large Latino community.

In addition to selling a broad collection of books, the store also plans to host events focusing on design, food, drink, arts, and entertainment, as well as “Story Time” for kids, which will eventually utilize the pink-lit stage located in the new kid’s section, according to the owners.

Editor’s note: A version of this story originally ran in Brooklyn Paper. Click here to see the original story.

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