2017 GANYC Apple Awards

3rd annual GANYC Apple Awards

From the New York Philharmonic to Carnegie Deli to Luna Park, the nominees for the 2017 GANYC Apple Awards reflect the full spectrum of what makes New York the greatest city in the world. Sponsored by the Guides Association of New York City (GANYC), New York’s professional tour guides association, the 3rd Annual GANYC Apple Awards Ceremony returns Monday, March 6, 2017 to honor organizations and individuals that encourage and promote New York City tourism, culture and preservation while supporting the work and contributions of professional New York City tour guides.

In addition to the Outstanding Achievement Awards, GANYC is proud to announce this year's Lifetime Achievement and Guiding Spirit winners:

The 2017 GANYC Apple Award Lifetime Achievement Winner will be The American Songbook man himself, legendary cabaret entertainer, Steve Ross. For the past 40 years he has delighted audiences from around the world (6 continents). Among the highlights of his career include performing at the famous Oak Room at the Algonquin hotel to hosting BBC radio shows, to performing both on and off-Broadway, and even being on the roster for the Metropolitan Museum of Art. In 2015, the Manhattan Association of Cabaret and Clubs awarded him with a lifetime achievement award and this year we are proud to embrace and acknowledge his contribution to New York City. This award will be presented by Marta Sanders Cooper a MAC Award-winning cabaret star and a Past President of GANYC.

And Author, historian, lecturer and tour leader, Anthony W. Robins will be recognized as this year’s 2017 Guiding Spirit. This award goes to a professional tourist guide who demonstrates leadership and mentorship for other tourist guides. Locally, Tony Robins has been giving walking tours for over a quarter of a century teaching about New York history and architecture. Nationally and internationally, he has lectured at NYU, Columbia, and most recently at the Sorbonne in Paris. He is also a veteran of the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission, where he served as Deputy Director of Research and Director of Survey.  He has written, edited, and supervised hundreds of research and survey reports but his specialty is Art Deco architecture. He organized the city’s first public tours of Art Deco for the Art Deco Society of New York in the mid-1980s, and his new book, “New York Art Deco: A Guide to Gotham’s Jazz Age Architecture” is being published this spring. This award will be presented by our Education Chair and Vice President Nina Mende.

The 2017 ceremony will take place in a new venue, the SVA Theater along with a new host, Mark Nadler

Mark Nadler

Mark Nadler is a multi-award winning, internationally acclaimed pianist/singer/tap-dancer and comedian. In 2015, he was the recipient of The Broadway World Editor's Choice Award for Entertainer of the Year. He has also performed at Carnegie Hall, on Broadway and in concert halls and cabarets all over the globe. 
Mark Nadler and Steve Ross have known each other for years for their cabaret work and are delighted to be joining us for this years Awards ceremony. So hurry up and get your tickets to join us!

Cocktails will be starting at 6:30pm, with the show starting at 8pm! Tickets can be purchased by visiting this link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2017-ganyc-apple-awards-tickets-29767518449

The GANYC Apple Award

The GANYC Apple Award Nominees are:

Outstanding Achievement in Support of New York City Culture

Presenters: Shana Farr (Bistro Award-winning cabaret star of In the Still of the Night) and Bruce Sabath (2-time BWW Award-winning actor currently appearing in Cagney)

Gene Russianoff, Staff Attorney & Chief Spokesman, Straphangers Campaign for NYPIRG

Billy Mitchell, Tour Director, Apollo Theater

Leslie Koch, President and CEO, The Trust for Governors Island

Alan Gilbert, Music Director, NY Philharmonic

Outstanding Achievement in Support of New York City Tourism

Presenters: Kristin Singleton (Owner of Kristin's New York and a Brooklyn Experience) and Tony DiSante (Past President of GANYC)

Evelyn Hill Inc. At The Statue of Liberty/Ellis Island Immigration Museum

Fred Dixon, President & CEO, NYC & Company

Luna Park NYC

Central Park Conservancy

Outstanding Achievement in Support of New York City Preservation

Presenters: Roberta Nusim (President of the Art Deco Society of New York) and Tim Ries (Director of Park Services for the Highline)

Bronx Zoo

Simeon Bankoff, Executive Director, Historic Districts Council

Steve Zeitlin, Founding Director, City Lore

Working Harbor Committee

Outstanding New York City Website

Presenter: Janos Dev Marton (Founding blogger at Janos.NYC and contributing author to Untapped Cities)

Curbed NY, http://ny.curbed.com

Beautiful New York, https://beautifulny.wordpress.com

Ephemeral New York, https://ephemeralnewyork.wordpress.com

EV Grieve, http://evgrieve.com

Outstanding Achievement in Radio Program/Podcasts (audio/spoken word)

Presenter: Laurie Baker (Founder and Host of OutTakes Interviews on BlogTalkRadio.com)

The New Yorker Radio Hour, WNYC

There Goes the Neighborhood, WNYC

Inside New York Tourism, Joseph G Mauriello

Z Travel and Leisure, WVOX

Outstanding Achievement in New York City Food (focusing on anniversaries and special accomplishments)

Presenter: Scott Wiener (Founder of Scott's Pizza Tours)

Carnegie Deli

Danny Meyer, USHG, Making History in the NYC Hospitality Industry

Nathan's Famous

Eisenberg's Sandwich Shop

Outstanding Achievement in Non-Fiction Book Writing (published October 1, 2015 – September 30, 2016)

Presenter: Elizabeth Kerri Mahon (Author of Scandalous Women)

Store Front II A History Preserved: The Disappearing Face of New York, by James and Karla Murray

Food and the City: New York's Professional Chefs, Restaurateurs, Line Cooks, Street Vendors, and Purveyors Talk About What They Do and Why They Do It, by Ina Yalof

The Bowery Boys: Adventures in Old New York, by Tom Meyers and Greg Young

Governors Island Explorers Guide by Kevin Fitzpatrick

Outstanding Achievement in Fiction Book Writing (published October 1, 2015 - September 30, 2016)

Presenter: Kari Morris (Author of The Girl Who Could See)

The Dollhouse: A Novel, by Fiona Davis

Sweetbitter: A novel, by Stephanie Danler

The Swans of Fifth Avenue: A Novel by Melanie Benjamin

Murder in Morningside Heights by Victoria Thompson

Outstanding Achievement in Essay/Article/Series Writing (published October 1, 2015 – September 30, 2016)

Presenter: David Sheward (Former editor and critic for Back Stage and founder of Critic's Choice Tours) and Annie Fitzsimmons (Editor-at-Large and Travel Writer for National Geographic)

A Walking Tour of 1866 New York: In the Footsteps of 150-year-old Guidebooks, by James Nevius, Curbed NY

Camera Obscura, by Nathan Kensinger, Curbed NY

Even in New York City, Nature's All Around Us If We Want to See It, by Ariel Lauren Wilson, Edible Brooklyn

Ian Frazier for The New Yorker

Outstanding Achievement in New York City Museum Exhibitions (October 1, 2015 – September 30, 2016)

Presenters: Lorcan Otway (Curator of the Museum of the American Gangster) and Lynda Kennedy (Vice President of Education & Evaluation at the Intrepid Air, Sea, and Space Museum)

Hidden in Plain Sight: Portraits of Hunger in NYC, Brooklyn Historical Society

America to Zanzibar: Muslim Culture Near and Far, Children's Museum of Manhattan

Jacob A Riis: Revealing New York's Other Half, Museum of the City of New York

Yiddish Theater From

Bowery to Broadway, Museum of the City of New York

Outstanding Achievement in New York City Photography (singular image, published October 1, 2015 - September 30, 2016)

Presenter: Andrew Yamato (Founder and Blogger at The Whole Cloth)

Mike McLaughlin, Manhattan Bridge, Curbed Photo Pool

Nathan Kensinger, Bronx Casitas 5

Paul Kessel, Coney Island 10

Nathan Kensinger, Port Morris 3

"Guiding New York" video will be presented by Amada Anderson (Director of the GANYC Apple Awards Show)

"In Memorium" video will be presented by Ibrahima Diallo (Chair of the GANYC Multilingual Guides Committee)

The 44 nominees were determined by the GANYC Awards Committee. The GANYC membership will vote on the nominees through mid-January, with the winners announced at the third-annual gala awards ceremony on Monday, March 6, 2017 at the SVA Theatre, 333 West 23rd St. in Manhattan. The event kicks off with a red-carpet event and cocktail party at 6:30 pm. Doors to the theater will open at 7:30 pm, and the ceremony will commence at 8 pm.





For more information please contact GANYC Apple Awards Committee Chair: Adrienne Cooper at awards@ganyc.org

For Press Inquiries contact GANYC Public Relations Chair: Amada Anderson at publicrelations@ganyc.org.

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