“Simply from a visceral standpoint, after I see that billboard, I really feel prefer it’s talking for me and thousands and thousands of New Yorkers,” Mr. Hoylman stated.
However the billboards’ prominence additionally speaks to the resilience of Occasions Sq., he stated.
“They’re nonetheless getting consideration, regardless that they could not have the throngs of vacationers in earlier election cycles,” he stated.
They’re not the primary Occasions Sq. billboards linked to the Trumps which have provoked controversy.
A 2019 advert, paid for by an athletic put on firm, featured an image of President Trump tied up in entrance of the White Home.
Rick Wilson, a founding father of the Lincoln Venture, stated that the group’s advert marketing campaign — which was funded by an undisclosed personal donor — nearly didn’t survive.
On Friday night, officers from Outfront Media, which leased the Occasions Sq. billboards to the Lincoln Venture for 2 weeks at a price of roughly $100,000, known as the group after they realized of the letter from Mr. Kasowitz.
“Their response was very, ‘Oh, my God, we now have to take these down,’” Mr. Wilson stated.
“We stated, ‘Pay attention, you could be on the facet of Donald Trump proper now as a significant publicly traded firm, or not,’” Mr. Wilson recounted. “‘However don’t count on us to be quiet in case you take this billboard down. We’ll inform the reality about what occurred.’”
A spokesman for Outfront Media didn’t reply to requests for remark.
The billboards will stay up by way of at the very least Nov. 5, two days after the election.