The fashion world lost a legend when New York Times style photographer Bill Cunningham passed away over the weekend, and at least one fan is working to make sure that he won’t be forgotten. Nick Nicholson has started a Change.org petition to rename the intersection of Fifth Avenue and 57th Street — his favorite spot for daily photos, right by stores like Tiffany, Bergdorf Goodman, and Saint Laurent — “Bill Cunningham Corner.”
In his own words:
For decades, the extraordinary photographer Bill Cunningham stood on the corner of Fifth Avenue and 57th Street, photographed New Yorkers, and showed us to the world on the pages of the New York Times. His unerring eye for what was fashionable, his documentation of everyday New Yorkers wearing and doing extraordinary things, and his love of our city and its people made the corner of 57th and Fifth Avenue "Bill Cunningham's Corner" long ago....Now, more than ever, it is incumbent upon the City and the Landmarks Commission to convert this to a permanent status!
As of press time, the petition had nearly 400 of the 500 signatures it’s seeking. Once complete, it’ll be sent to Mayor Bill de Blasio, the chair of the Landmarks Preservation Committee, and the local community board for review.