New $50m art warehouse opens in Harlem—with Foreign-Trade Zone status

The Art Newspaper | Georgina Adam

When Superstorm Sandy hit Manhattan on 29 October 2012, water from the Hudson River surged through Chelsea, rising up to five feet in some places. Basements and galleries were flooded and millions of dollars’ worth of art was damaged or destroyed.

Since then, art dealers have been aware of the crucial need to keep their inventory safe from such disasters, as well as from the more common dangers of fire and theft. The art-storage company Arcis claims to have the solution. It has just opened a $50m facility uptown in Harlem, high above flood and surge zones.

Protection from water is just one of the benefits of the 110,000 sq. ft warehouse, which has been custom-designed and built to museum storage standards, with state-of-the-art humidity and temperature controls. Video cameras constantly survey the street outside, a glassed-in “mantrap” enables staff to inspect visitors before they are allowed in, and iris and vascular scanning, which identifies people based on the pattern of veins under the skin of their fingers, also ensures high security…read more

Image: Arcis’s 110,000 sq. ft state-of-the-art storage facility boasts the latest in high-tech security and has Foreign-Trade Zone status Carlos Alvarado/Arci