As many local New Yorkers know, South Street Seaport has undergone a bit of change recently. After lengthy construction, the historic Pier 17, which previously consisted of a dark red warehouse-style building, has received a modern upgrade. The new Pier 17 now plays host to a variety of bars, restaurants, and most notably, a rooftop concert venue.

To celebrate its stunning remodel, Pier 17 is throwing an inaugural concert series that will run from July 28th through October 12th. The lineup includes modern acts such as Kings of Leon and deadmau5, classic artists such as Michael McDonald and Gladys Knight, and even comedians including Amy Schumer and Trevor Noah. No matter your musical or performance tastes, this summer concert series is sure to offer something for everyone. Better still, every show will take place under the open sky of the rooftop venue, meaning that each concert will feature the stunning backdrop of the East River, Brooklyn Bridge, and Brooklyn skyline.

Truss supplied by XSF Truss, engineering by Clark-Reder and the entire install by Mountain Productions, this temporary rooftop truss system was not without its challenges. Obviously the greatest difficulty is transporting, moving and assembling this wonderful structure on a roof!

“All the pieces of this structure travel to a rooftop location, and thanks to XSF’s  expertise everything fit like a glove, went together perfectly and with ease.”

Jeffrey Reder, Clark and Reder Engineering

One of the biggest advantages that XSF offers in a job like this is the ability to do Test Fit. Having a large and high roof aluminum fabrication facility allows customer assurance that everything will fit together and work properly before it gets to its destination. The in-house fabrication and test fit of big jobs offers piece of mind,  on projects with tight time lines.


The completed performance space features a 60’ X  25’ roof system truss with a 27’ trim. One of the unique feature of this temporary truss roof system is  a 12-foot downstage. To increase stage and the scenic visibility,  there are 4, 34’ towers only 6 feet apart that flank the entire setup.

When at capacity, the Pier 17 rooftop venue can hold anywhere from 2,400 people sitting to 3,400 standing. If you plan to be in the lower Manhattan area this summer, a concert atop the brand new open-air venue that now adorns Pier 17 is sure to be an unforgettable treat.

With a great summer performance lineup and a stunning view of New York’s iconic architecture, this rooftop paradise has all the right ingredients for a fantastic summer. For additional information, visit the official Pier 17 website to check out their full offering as well as the complete summer rooftop concert schedule.

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