Bill Cunningham Admirers Have Started a Petition to Rename a NYC Street After Him
Fifth Avenue and 57th Street was Cunningham’s daily shoot spot.
The world lost a legend when New York Times style photographer Bill Cunningham passed away on June 25, age 87. However, Nick Nicholson is working to ensure New York’s Living Landmark won’t be forgotten. He started a petition on Change.org to rally support to rename the intersection of Fifth Avenue and 57th Street — Cunningham’s daily shoot spot — “Bill Cunningham Corner.”
His words on Change.com:
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!
The petition’s reached 1400 of the 1500 signatures needed. Once complete, it’ll be sent to Mayor Bill de Blasio, of Manhattan Community Board 05, and Meenakshi Srinivan, chair of the NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission. WWD reports chances are slim, with there being a moratorium on street naming in the district for more than eight years.
Lend your support here.