New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced today that the corner of Manhattan’s 57th Street and Fifth Avenue will now be known as Bill Cunningham Corner, in honor of the New York Times fashion photographer who died on June 25 at age 87. The new street sign will be unveiled this afternoon.
The corner was chosen as a tribute to Cunningham because he was known to stake out the location, taking pictures of people whose clothing caught his eye. In a statement, Dean Baquet, the executive editor of the Times, said that Cunningham called the people he found at this corner “stunners.” “They included people who spent fortunes on fashion and people who just had a strut and knew how to put an outfit together out of what they had and what they found,” Baquet said.
“Bill Cunningham turned our sidewalks into runways and New Yorkers into models,” 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. Now, the corner that has long been known as Bill’s will officially be named for him—a fitting tribute for one of New York’s greats.”