159 Pioneer Street
Brooklyn, New York 11231
718 596 3000
Pioneer Works Center for Art and Innovation was founded by the Brooklyn-based artist Dustin Yellin in June 2012 with an open-ended cultural mission: to present and promote arts and science through exhibitions, residencies, classes, lectures, performing arts, screenings, community events, publications and more. The art and science residencies are integral to the center’s identity. Residents are offered the tools and opportunity to experiment and collaborate in a free, autonomous way. These multiple interactions help shape the center’s identity, which also relies greatly on its actual building at 159 Pioneer Street, in Red Hook.
Built in 1866, the building was first occupied by Pioneer Iron Works, one of the largest machine manufacturers in the United States- constructing ships, boilers, tanks, sheet iron, detachable railroad tracks, grain elevators, and machinery for sugar plantations. The building was completely destroyed by a devastating fire in 1881 and rebuilt shortly thereafter. Pioneer Iron Works operated until the middle of the 20th century, after which the site became a storage facility for Time Moving Company. Pioneer Street was named after the Pioneer Iron Works building.