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May 22, 2023
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The Long-Awaited Powerhouse Arts Has Opened in Brooklyn to Offer Fabrication Facilities to Local Artists

By Brian Boucher For Artnet News May 22, 2023

The new arts venue offers fabrication facilities for ceramic, print, and public art, as well as space for education and events. New York’s arts landscape just grew by one venue. 

Powerhouse Arts, a nonprofit that offers production facilities for local artists, opened on Friday in a 170,000-square-footindustrial structure that overlooks Brooklyn’s Gowanus Canal.

The six-story, red-brick building, erected in 1904, was once the Brooklyn Rapid Transit Company’s central power station. The station was decommissioned in the 1950s, and by the early ’70s, the site was altogether abandoned. Its roof eventually gave way, and plants sprouted in its interior. In recent decades, the building became host to squatters, graffiti artists, and underground ravers—a period of time that earned the site its now-infamous nickname: the Batcave.

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