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NYC junction officially renamed ‘Bill Cunningham Corner’

The spot is renamed after the city’s beloved photographer, who sadly passed away last month

Last month, legendary photographer Bill Cunningham passed away at the age of 87. A pioneer of the street style photography, Cunningham spent over four decades documenting what people were wearing on the streets of New York. Now, the city is paying homage to the photographer – by renaming one of his favourite stakeouts after him.

It began as a Change.org petition, which has attracted over 6,000 signatures, calling for the mayor of New York to rename the corner of Fifth Avenue and 57th Street ‘Bill Cunningham Corner’ in his honour. He agreed and yesterday, a renaming ceremony took place to make it official – an event which was attended by the deputy mayor of New York, Alicia Glen, the former curator at the Met’s Costume Institute, Harold Koda and the executive editor of The New York Times, Dean Baquet.

“Bill Cunningham turned our sidewalks into runways and New Yorkers into models,” the mayor, Bill de Blasio, said in a statement. “His vivid photos captured our city’s diversity in every sense of the word, and helped define New York as the fashion capital of the world.”

Unfortunately, it’s only temporary as permanent street namings don’t happen very often and involve a lot of “complicated legislative process” according to The New York Times. That said, the mayor’s office told Racked that it “will continue to work with the Council, the community, and Bill’s friends and colleagues on a permanent way to honor his legacy.”