Tributes have been pouring in for famed New York Times fashion photographer Bill Cunningham following the local icon's death on Saturday. Now, a handful of New Yorkers are trying to get Cunningham his very own street sign—they're circulating a petition asking the city to name the corner of 57th and 5th, "Bill Cunningham Corner."
The petition, started by art dealer Nick Nicholson, has nearly 2,700 supporters as of this morning—Nicholson is asking the mayor, along with Manhattan Community Board 5 and NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission Chair Mennakshi Srinivan, to give the widely adored photographer his own landmark:
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. In 2009, Bill Cunningham was named a "New York Living Landmark."
Now, more than ever, it is incumbent upon the City and the Landmarks Commission to convert this to a permanent status! Please sign this petition in order to help co-name this historic corner after this legend.
It's not easy to get a street renamed in New York, especially in CB 5 territory, as evidenced by the ultimately successful 2007 fight to get a corner named after Jerry Orbach. Still, Cunningham was a uniquely beloved presence in New York street life, and it seems only fair that he should be remembered this way.
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.
— Bill de Blasio (@BilldeBlasio) June 25, 2016