An NYC Street Corner Is Being Named After Bill Cunningham

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Last week, a petition made the rounds advocating naming the corner of 57th Street and Fifth Avenue — a.k.a. Bill Cunningham’s favorite photographing spot — after the late photographer. It looks like that worked. Today, the city will hold a ceremony officially dubbing the northeast part of the intersection “Bill Cunningham Corner,” as per a New York Times report. Harold Koda, former curator of the Met’s Costume Institute, and Dean Baquet, the paper’s executive editor, will be in attendance.

However, the distinction isn’t permanent, as it requires a lot of legal-hurdle-jumping to permanently rename an intersection in the city. The mayor’s office told the paper that they are looking for other ways to pay tribute to Cunningham. In the meantime, the mayor has posted the following tribute tweet.