Dedication and Collaboration Are Key to Success for New Times Square Rooftop Billboard

SNA Displays manufactured an LED spectacular for a rooftop digital billboard at the corner of 8th Avenue and West 42nd Street in Midtown Manhattan, directly across the intersection from Eleven Times Square.

At 64’7” tall and 84’ wide, the new screen from SNA Displays’ line of EMPIRE™ exterior LED display products is itself impressive and noteworthy. But what makes the installation spectacular isn’t just its vibrant 7.9 million pixels of direct-view LED, it’s the collaborative and dedicated effort by the project management teams, which cleared hurdles to get the job done on a major project that spanned about five years from concept to installation.

To bring the LED billboard to life, the teams from SNA Displays and media partner BIG Outdoor worked together with New York City’s Department of Buildings to approve the large-format rooftop digital display outside the special-use district, a process that involved attending community board meetings for several years.

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“This project is near and dear to us for several reasons,” said Pete Simon, director of sales at SNA Displays. “It’s not every day you get to change the city code, especially with a project this large and high-profile. At SNA Displays, we love doing the projects that nobody thinks are feasible. This one definitely presented regulatory challenges, but following the lead of BIG Outdoor, we got it done.”

Additionally, the existing building structure at 661 8th Avenue had to be reinforced to support the weight of the new LED spectacular. This required new steel bracing and supplementary reinforcements to be installed through the roof and integrated into the original structure.

The new digital billboard, which sits atop the Duane Reade pharmacy at 661 8th Avenue, has an 8.0 mm pixel pitch and a screen that is 2,460 pixels high and 3,200 pixels wide. SNA Displays worked with North Shore Neon for installation.  

“Extremely satisfying seeing this incredible sign come to fruition with help from our amazing teams at North Shore Neon and SNA Displays,” said Bill Tagliaferri, executive vice president of real estate at BIG Outdoor. “A masterful collaboration between our real estate partners, LED manufacturer, and the top sign installer which has changed the landscape of 42nd Street and 8th Avenue for years to come!”

For more information, visit the project page on SNA Displays’ website.

About SNA Displays

SNA Displays brings creative visions to life by building high-end digital displays as vivid and dynamic as the imagination. SNA Displays employs a team of SNAPros®—engineers, skilled project managers, systems experts, installation managers, and support staff—whose mission is total project satisfaction.

SNA Displays is headquartered in Times Square and has worked with clients to design and build some of the largest and most recognizable digital spectaculars in the world. Discover how Dreams Live Digitally® at snadisplays.com.

About BIG Outdoor

BIG Outdoor is a privately held premier Out-Of-Home media company focused on the development, marketing and sales of unique high-profile media assets in key media markets across the country.

About North Shore Neon

Established in 1954, North Shore Neon Sign Co. has been providing signage solutions in the New York Metropolitan region and its surroundings for over 50 years.

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