A petition started last week to rename the corner of 57th Street and 5th Avenue to “Bill Cunningham Corner” after the New York Times photographer who frequently shot his subjects there and died on June 25th, has been successful. At least, temporarily.
The petition, which was started by Nick Nicholson, a longtime acquaintance of Cunningham’s, has gathered more than 6,000 signatures since it was posted last Sunday. Though the corner will be renamed, the Times reports that it will not be a permanent change, likely because tourists and other visitors often get confused when street names are renamed.
Instead, Bill Cunningham will receive some other type of honor on the spot — the idea of a statue was proposed last week.
The ceremony to rename the Northeast corner in front of the Louis Vuitton store will be live streamed today at 12:30 pm on Facebook. According to the New York Times, Alicia Glen, a deputy mayor, Harold Koda, former curator at the Costume Institute at the Met, and Dean Baquet, the executive editor of the New York Times, will all be present.