Concert Photography: New York City Venues

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When I started photographing concerts and learning the ins and outs of the business, it sure as hell would have been nice if somewhere on the internet was a solid list of NYC venues listing photo pit availability. So here’s a list of venues in New York City with and without photo pits! The list will be constantly updated as photo pits come and go. Let me know if I forgot any venues!

Venues With Photo Pits

Barclays Center
Beacon Theatre
Best Buy Theater
Central Park Summer Stage   —   (see venue break down)
Gramercy Theatre   —   (see venue break down)
Hammerstein Ballroom   —   (see venue break down)
Irving Plaza   —   (see venue break down)
Madison Square Garden   —   (see venue break down)
Pier 26
Radio City Music Hall
Roseland Ballroom (Closing April 2014)
Rumsey Playfield   —   (see venue break down)
Terminal 5   —   (see venue break down)
Webster Hall   —   (see venue break down)

Venues Without Photo Pits

Bowery Ballroom   —   (see venue break down)
Cake Shop (21+)
Glasslands (21+)   —   (see venue break down)
Highline Ballroom   —   (see venue break down)
Knitting Factory
Le Poisson Rouge
Mercury Lounge (21+)   —   (see venue break down)
Music Hall of Williamsburg   —   (see venue break down)
Pianos (21+)
Rough Trade NYC (21+)
The Studio At Webster Hall   —   (see venue break down)
The Westway

There’s also a plethora of poorly lit bars that can be good practice, however it should be noted that these places are 21 and over.

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Nancy Hoang created Hopeless Thunder in 2007. She conducts the interviews, writes the articles, photographs the concerts, and handles the site's coding & design. (She's basically a control freak.) Her work can also be seen on music publication, CMJ. Contact Nancy for image licensing, assignments, or just to say hi.

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