The Rooftop at Pier 17
The Rooftop at Pier 17 is New York City’s most dynamic open-air entertainment venue, set against panoramic views of the Lower Manhattan skyline. The inaugural Summer Concert Series launched on The Rooftop in 2018 with opening nights from Amy Schumer and Kings of Leon. A total of 23 shows that first year earned The Rooftop multiple accolades, including being named the “Best New Concert Venue” by Pollstar. Since then, the annual Summer Concert Series has hosted over 155 total shows and 430,000+ attended guests between 2018 – 2022, while continuing to wow fans and artists alike with its one-of-a-kind live event experience.
The Rooftop at Pier 17, operated by The Howard Hughes Corporation®, will host its fifth concert season in 2023 in partnership with exclusive booking partner Live Nation Entertainment, Inc., and it’s gearing up to be the venue’s biggest summer yet. Concert goers can again expect to see their favorite artists in an intimate atmosphere (3,500 capacity), all from one of NYC’s only locations that has direct views of such iconic landmarks as the Brooklyn Bridge, Empire State Building, Statue of Liberty, and One World Trade Center.
Operated by The Howard Hughes Corporation®, The Rooftop has hosted an eclectic lineup of talent to-date, including industry icons, the hottest new artists and more. Some performers who’ve graced the stage include: Billie Eilish, Lil Nas X, Ringo Starr, Kehlani, Kings of Leon, Machine Gun Kelly, Janelle Monáe, Amy Schumer, The Lumineers, Trevor Noah, Diana Ross, deadmau5, and the Fugees, whose only reunited performance to-date took place on The Rooftop at Pier 17 in 2021. It has also seen the likes of major premiere events, including the ESPYs (2021) and the four-day Bored Ape Yacht Club’s ApeFest (2022) that featured major artists such as DJ Snoop Dogg, Lil Wayne, Haim, LCD Soundsystem, and more.
In addition to being an award-winning concert venue*, the 1.5-acre rooftop is also a year-round event space, hosting movie nights, fitness classes, community events and seasonal activations, plus The Greens—New York City’s ultimate dining retreat which was originally conceptualized in 2020 in response to the global health pandemic. The Greens transformed The Rooftop at Pier 17 into a custom-designed new concept that provided seamless social distancing and a safe outlet for New Yorkers to responsibly dine out during one of the city’s toughest times.
HISTORY IN THE SEAPORT
The Rooftop venue sits atop, Pier 17, the flagship destination of the Seaport, and a beacon of downtown dining and entertainment—a place of up-to-the-minute discoveries. Pier 17 has long had deep roots in the culture and commerce of New York City. As home of the Port of New York’s shipping, maritime activity and wholesale fish trade in the 19th century, Pier 17 was a place where ship builders, shoemakers, captains and craftsmen built an empire. This was the gateway to the city—one that connected a growing United States of America with the rest of the new world.
The South Street Seaport Museum on Fulton Street charts this period of the Seaport’s growth via a vast collection of documents and ephemera—and through its historic ships of the era, including the Wavertree, now docked alongside Pier 17. The cobblestoned streets and historic buildings surrounding the pier exude the rich history of the neighborhood—once both a bustling business center and the city’s first 24-hour district that gave birth to the phrase, “the city that never sleeps.”
Over the decades, the Seaport and Pier 17 have weathered many challenges, from economic downturns to September 11, 2001, to Hurricane Sandy and the COVID-19 pandemic. But the community’s resilience and recent development by The Howard Hughes Corporation have kept the district vital and vibrant, with more exciting growth yet to come.
Its unique design and location over the East River make Pier 17 a natural cultural landmark, serving as the backdrop for iconic events and the home of ESPN’s Seaport studios, which broadcasts numerous live shows set against the pier’s views of the Brooklyn Bridge.
On Pier 17’s Heineken Riverdeck, a slate of restaurants from marquee chefs have created a covetable waterfront dining destination. Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s The Fulton pays homage to the Seaport’s fish market heritage with a seafood-centric menu and polished nautical design, while Malibu Farm brings Helene Henderson’s California farm-to-table ethos to life here in New York. David Chang’s beloved Momofuku Ssäm Bar has arrived at Pier 17 from the East Village, and Andrew Carmellini opened both a chophouse concept and casual burger spot to Pier 17 in the forms of Carne Mare and Mister Dips.
In both a nod to the Seaport’s past and an exciting emblem of the future, the newest development at Pier 17 is the reimagined Tin Building. Inspired by the Fulton Fish Market that once stood in the location, the three-story structure utilizes roughly 300 items from the original building to create a modern food hall in partnership with Jean-Georges Vongerichten. The new marketplace offers a wide selection of international and locally sourced seafood, meats, cheese, produce and specialty items—and serves as another architectural and culinary landmark at the doorstep of Pier 17.