Second Sundays at Pioneer Works

Last night was Second Sundays at Pioneer Works

What is Pioneer Works? That’s a question I was trying to answer for a few friends this weekend. Creative space? Art center? Art collective? Non-profit creative entity? None of these seem to do it justice. 

Start with the basics. Pioneer Works is based in a old iron works building in Red Hook. It’s a place where a whole bunch of creative people are doing really interesting things, and they open it up on the second Sunday of every month for a big party called…Second Sundays. It’s fantastic. 

Last night was the first time I got to visit, and I was blown away. A typical refrain from other first-timers was: “I can’t believe I’ve never been here before.”

In a city that every day seems a little more plastic, a little soft on the edges, Pioneer Works is really a refreshing example of how alive and creative Brooklyn and New York still are. With some driving Afrobeats from Kaleta & Zozo Afrobeat, floors and floors of interesting art, an outside garden with a fire and a great group of interesting people, Pioneer Works feels like a playground for adults, and the pulse of New York’s contemporary creative scene.

Best get there, next month.