Bill Cunningham Might Get a New York City Street Corner Named After Him

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Bill Cunningham.Photo: Gareth Cattermole

The late Bill Cunningham’s favorite street corner — where he photographed everyone from the king and queen of Spain walking with Gristedes bags to aspirants outside Tiffany’s dressed up as Holly Golightly — was 57th Street and Fifth Avenue. Now, some of his fans are petitioning the city to name the intersection after him in tribute. Women’s Wear Daily reports that Nick Nicholson, an acquaintance of the photographer’s, has drafted a change.org petition to that effect.

“Bill was such a champion of New York. We really have to do something for him,” he told the paper. The petition, which has been signed by several hundred people so far, is addressed to Mayor de Blasio, who paid tribute to Cunningham in a tweet this weekend, writing, “We will remember Bill’s blue jacket and bicycle. But most of all we will remember the vivid, vivacious New York he captured in his photos.”