I've always thought to live in New York City, one must really, truly love people. No other place in America does one walk by, engage with, become amused by, annoyed with, or intrigued by so many other people in one day. After (finally!) watching Bill Cunningham New York, I realized how much of a true New Yorker he is... he takes total pleasure in his admiration for strangers and their wackiest haute couture. He's a fascinating character who is an inspiration for any artist really; he allows no compromise with his vision, and an insane amount of energy to carry it out. Of course, in interior design we make concessions with clients all the time, but I view it more as, I'll only really work with people I think are innately kind, reasonable, and excited for the change in their home. My version of no concessions.
Back to the documentary, a bonus is a glimpse into the kooky cast of characters still (then) living in studios in Carnegie Hall. Sadly, during the summer of 2010 all tenants had to clear out for renovation, evicting some well-known artists, photographers, and playwrights. A bit heartbreaking really.
As far as Bill goes... the film follows him on his bicycle throughout the day and night, to galas and the offices of the New York Times. He is truly fascinating, and the documentary is excellent. The rest will speak for itself. I've been meaning to watch it for awhile now, and I highly recommend you do!