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The Rooftop at Pier 17: What to Know

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    Quick insights

    • The Rooftop at Pier 17 is a concert venue with a unique backdrop: the New York City skyline.
    • There are various ways to experience this one-of-a-kind music spot in NYC.
    • Usually The Rooftop plays host to a series of concerts every summer.

    The Rooftop at Pier 17 has become a destination for locals and tourists looking for entertainment with a unique backdrop—a panoramic view of New York City. Pier 17 has also been an important part of NYC history, and in recent years draws its own crowds for distinct dining and recreation.

    In this article, we’ll cover what there is to know about The Rooftop at Pier 17—without visiting it for yourself, that is.

    Location of the Rooftop of Pier 17

    The Rooftop at Pier 17 is located in the Seaport neighborhood of lower Manhattan in New York City. Pier 17 itself is located at 89 South Street. The pier spans a wide outdoor area, and The Rooftop, unlike a traditional concert venue, offers stunning views of the city skyline. Several NYC landmarks are within sight, too, such as the Statue of Liberty and Brooklyn Bridge.

    The Seaport is historically significant because it served as one of the first commercial centers of New York City in the 17th century. Today, the neighborhood is a lively recreational destination accessible by subway and bus line routes. Given those options—plus cabs and rideshares—getting to Pier 17 and exploring the area can be relatively straightforward.

    Popular past performers at the Rooftop at Pier 17

    The Rooftop at Pier 17 has hosted many noteworthy performers and acts across various genres of music and entertainment. Some contemporary artists worth mentioning include:

    • The Chainsmokers
    • Diana Ross
    • Kings of Leon
    • Jon Batiste
    • Billie Eilish
    • Nas
    • The Roots
    • Sheryl Crow
    • Snoop Dogg
    • Dead and Company

    This is just a short list of examples—The Rooftop at Pier 17 hosts a mix of acts, particularly during the Seaport Summer Concert Series. From classic rock and hip-hop to singer-songwriters and unique acts that defy categorization, crowds of any taste can likely find a show they want to see.

    2024 performers at the Seaport Summer Concert Series at Pier 17

    The Summer Concert Series at Pier 17 in 2024 could offer at least one act for every music fan:

    • Social Distortion and Bad Religion: May 4-8
    • Freddie Gibbs & Madlib – 10 Year of Pinata: May 11
    • Electric Callboy – North America Tour 2024: May 13
    • NEEDTOBREATHE – The Caves World Tour Fri: May 31 
    • Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue with Neal Francis: June 16 
    • Something Corporate: June 21
    • Billy Currington with Larry Fleet and Redferrin: June 22 
    • Mother Mother & Cavetown: July 9-10
    • moe. – Best.Summer.Ever: July 11 
    • Totally Tubular Festival: July 18 
    • O.A.R. Summer Tour 24 with special guest Fitz and the Tantrums: July 25-26
    • Sad Summer Festival: Aug 1 
    • Andrew Bird and Amadou & Mariam: Aug 16 
    • Taking Back Sunday: Aug 17-18

    Guest experiences at Pier 17

    The Rooftop at Pier 17 is known for its spacious outdoor deck that presents a unique and memorable setting for any time of day. A variety of events happen year-round, not just concerts, but also artistic performances, film screenings, fitness classes and seasonal activities.

    Entering the venue

    General admission access begins with entering Pier 17 at 89 South Street. This main entrance will be the point of entry for most events. Will call is at the box office on Level 1, near the West Entrance. A portion of The Rooftop at Pier 17 is open to the public every day that the Pier 17 building is open.

    When you arrive for an event at Pier 17, you may need to pass through a security checkpoint, especially for larger events like concerts on The Rooftop. For those, signage or staff members inside will guide you to the rooftop area, which is accessible by elevators or stairs.

    Re-entry is not allowed at most major events at The Rooftop at Pier 17. Before you go, check the venue’s website for any specific entrance procedures or protocols for your event.

    Carry-in policy

    It’s possible that the rules about what you can bring into The Rooftop at Pier 17 could vary by event. When in doubt, it's generally a good idea to follow the venue's policies, many of which can be found on the Pier 17 Rooftop website. For example, purses, bags and backpacks may be permitted but subject to search if they are no larger than 14”x14”x6”. Prohibited items include the usual—weapons and alcohol—but may also include electronics like cameras and laptops.

    Ticketing

    You usually have several options to purchase tickets for events on The Rooftop at Pier 17:

    • Official website: This may be the most common method because you can browse upcoming events online to see the available ticket options.
    • Ticket platforms: Tickets are available through third-party ticketing platforms like Ticketmaster or AXS. You may be able to browse events happening at The Rooftop at Pier 17 on these websites, too.
    • Box office: Depending on the event, you may be able to buy tickets in person when you visit The Rooftop at Pier 17. The box office usually operates before and during portions of events.
    • VIP Tickets: VIP tickets for all Ticketmaster-sold shows will be sold on Chase’s Ultimate Rewards platform while supplies last.

    As a general note, when tickets are first available can depend on a variety of factors.

    Lounge options at Pier 17 and the Seaport Summer Concert Series

    If concession fare isn’t your taste, there are several lounge and dining options at Pier 17. However, The Rooftop has its own options, which you might be interested in if you’re attending any of Seaport Summer Concert Series.

    Grey Goose Terrace

    You can add access to this lounge on to your ticket to enter a private lounge and receive a complimentary welcome cocktail. Food and drinks are also available to purchase, likely with less of a line as the general admission spaces. The Grey Goose Terrace is usually open for an hour after concerts, as well.

    Heineken Silver Zone

    When you purchase a Heineken Silver Zone premium ticket, it includes a private bar and a reserved viewing area right next to the stage, offering a unique fan experience.

    Chase Sapphire Reserve Lounge at The Bar at Lawn Club

    At The Bar at Lawn Club on Fulton Street, the Chase Sapphire Lounge offers seasonal cocktails, exclusive menu items, a dedicated seating area, games and phone chargers. Show your Sapphire Reserve® credit card or J.P. Morgan Reserve® credit card to enter. Check out all the benefits available at The Sapphire Reserve Lounge at the Seaport and check back for more details closer to your event.

    In summary

    Recognized by tourists and locals for its scenic atmosphere and outdoor concerts, The Rooftop at Pier 17 attracts guests year-round. It’s no wonder given the venue’s array of lounge options, seasonal activities and availability to the general public.

    The list of popular and underground acts that have performed here is long and varied, and the Seaport Summer Concert Series is a particularly striking set of events. For tickets and more information about The Rooftop at Pier 17, visit the official website

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