The Rooftop at Pier 17
The Rooftop at Pier 17 is New York City’s most dynamic open-air entertainment venue, set five stories above the East River. Concert goers annually see their favorite artists within an intimate atmosphere (3,500 capacity), all from a one-of-a-kind rooftop location with direct views of such iconic skyline landmarks as the Brooklyn Bridge, Empire State Building, Statue of Liberty, and One World Trade Center.
The Rooftop at Pier 17, operated by Howard Hughes Holdings Inc. and in partnership with exclusive booking partner Live Nation Entertainment, Inc., launched its inaugural Summer Concert Series 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 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, Machine Gun Kelly, Janelle Monáe, The Lumineers, Trevor Noah, Diana Ross, deadmau5, Noah Kahan, Zach Bryan, Tate McRae, and the Fugees, whose first reunited performance in over 15 years took place on The Rooftop at Pier 17 in 2021.
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 such past premiere events as UFC 244: Masvidal vs. Diaz press conference (2019), the ESPYs (2021) and the four-day Bored Ape Yacht Club’s ApeFest (2022) which featured major performers including Snoop Dogg, Lil Wayne, Haim, LCD Soundsystem, and more.
In Manhattan, there are rooftops—and then there’s The Rooftop at Pier 17.
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, and Andrew Carmellini opened both a chophouse concept and casual burger spot at 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.