“I go out every day. When I get depressed at the office, I go out, and as soon as I’m on the street and see people, I feel better. But I never go out with a preconceived idea. I let the street speak to me.”
I love these words by Bill Cunningham, who died at the age of 87 last weekend after suffering a stroke. It’s an outlook on life that endeared him to so many, and its evident in his photos. Beyond enjoying seeing his pics in the Style section of the New York Times every Sunday, I enjoyed hearing his raspy voice talk about the sights he’d seen out on the streets that week.
The great fashion and street photographer, originally from Boston, made NYC his own. While I was never the subject of his lens, I do know a few people who were, and I did run past him outside the Met Museum one day, which was quite a thrill! He was described as “a living landmark,” and became an indelible part of the city. So that’s why I wanted to take in some of the spots that made up Cunningham’s NY on this 3 mile run.
If you want to run the route too, here are the details:
And check out the fantastic documentary, Bill Cunningham New York.