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Over 1,500 Sign Petition to Name NYC Street Corner After Bill Cunningham

Friends of the late photographer seek to memorialize him on his favorite intersection.
Photo: Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images

Photo: Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images

After beloved New York Times street style photographer Bill Cunningham passed away at the age of 87 on Saturday, the fashion industry grieved together online with an outpouring of memories and images of the New York icon. But on Sunday, one of his friends made a push for a longer-lasting dedication: Nick Nicholson started a petition to rename the corner of 57th Street and Fifth Avenue the "Bill Cunningham Corner." So far, 1,165 supporters have signed their names to the letter addressed to Mayor Bill de Blasio, Manhattan Community Board 05 and Meenakshi Srinivan, chair of the NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission. Cunningham was designated a Living Landmark by the New York Landmarks Conservancy in 2009.

According to WWD, the odds of the corner being renamed are low: the Community Board says there has been a moratorium on street naming in the district for more than eight years and the City Council doesn't typically force the Board to do so. A plaque or statue of Cunningham — which designer Jeffrey Banks is reportedly working on — is more likely. 

In February 2015, Mayor de Blasio named a street in the Bronx after designer Oscar de la Renta.

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UPDATE: On Wednesday, Jul. 6, at 12:30 p.m., Deputy Mayor of New York Alicia Glen will be joined by Harold Koda and The New York Times Executive Editor Dean Baquet to commemorate the renaming of the northeast corner of 57th and Fifth Avenue. However, according to the NYT, "Bill Cunningham Corner" is only temporary, and Jezebel reports the new name will last for "exactly seven days."

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