In an exclusive interview with the BBC’s New York programme, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said he hoped the show would boost tourism in the city.
“Theatre and the arts are one of the last remaining assets that the city of New York has left behind and this show will help us make the case for a new generation of visitors,” Mr de Blasio, who has taken a leading role in promoting the city’s role in the festival, told BBC New York.
“I think we’ve got a very strong tourism base in New York that’s being left behind by this industry,” he said.
“If this show can do something to boost the tourist industry in the New York area, it will help to revitalise the city and give us a new start in the future.”
He also praised the success of the film festival in promoting cultural tourism, noting that more than a million people visited the city last year.
“New York City is a cultural hub.
I’ve spent a lot of time with the city over the past four years and I’ve seen the kind of growth that’s happening,” Mr De Blasio said.
The New York Film Festival, which is running this weekend, is one of two major festival runs in the US this year.