On June 25th, 2016, my heart was heavy with the mournful news of Bill Cunningham’s death. Bill could be seen biking through the streets of NYC in his blue jacket, camera in hand, ready to take pictures of the stylish citizens of New York. At 87 years old, he was considered the oldest biker in New York! I remember my first time meeting him at a NYFW show this past fall, “Just point me to the best seat in the house!” he said as people whisked past him scrambling to find their own seats. I first became a huge fan of him when I watched his documentary Bill Cunningham New York. The film captured his down-to-earth persona, his career at NY Times Fashion, his personal life at home, and most importantly, the impact he has had on the fashion industry. Fashionistas dreamt about being shot by Bill Cunningham.
As mentioned in his documentary, Bill spent a majority of his days taking pictures on the corner of 5th Avenue and 57th Street. This is where New York’s elite would shop – Bergdorf Goodman, Louis Vuitton, Chanel, Tiffany + Co., are all located in this area – of course Bill would find trendy New Yorkers worthy of snapshots here!
A petition has been circling the internet to rename the corner of 5th Ave and 57th Street to “Bill Cunningham Corner”. Originally the petition was seeking 1,000 signatures, but has reached over 3,000, proving how appropriate this tribute is. Sign the petition to help co-name the corner and pay homage to the legendary street style photographer we know as Bill Cunningham.