2020 GANYC Apple Awards




Monday, March 2nd, 2020: Our 6th Annual GANYC Apple Awards!

The GANYC Apple Awards celebrate those who make New York City great. Over a dozen awards are given out each year to individuals & organizations from across our five boroughs. In addition to these main nominated categories below, we also awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award to activist Sean McKenna.  Our Guiding Spirit Award was given to Joe Svehlak, a giving and longtime member.

There was a VIP cocktail reception before the ceremony. An after-party was also held for all nominees and attendees.

2020 GANYC Apple Awards Nominees
(winners updated with *)


Outstanding Achievement in Support of NYC Culture

Black Gotham Experience  (*)
Bronx Documentary Center
The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, & Transgender Community Center
Poetry Society of NYC

Outstanding Achievement in Support of NYC Tourism

Luna Park
For leading the fight for tour guides and their value on Liberty & Ellis Islands-- Michael Morgenthal (*)
NYC LGBT Historic Sites Project
Waterfront Alliance

Outstanding Achievement in Support of NYC Preservation

Bronx River Alliance
East Harlem Preservation, Inc.
Murray Hill Neighborhood Association (*)
NYC Trans Oral History Project

Outstanding NYC Website

6 Sq. Ft.
Crain's New York
NYC LGBT Historic Sites Project
OldNYC (*)

Outstanding Achievement in NYC Photography

Marc A. Hermann, Two “baaaaad boys” that wandered onto the N line tracks (*)

Nathan Kensinger, Revere Sugar Refinery, Red Hook

Alex Rivera, thebronxer.com, Streets of New York, Yankee Stadium

Russ Rowland, Night Blooms

Outstanding Achievement in NYC Radio Program or Podcast (Audio/Spoken Word)

David Leopold & Katherine Eastman, Hirschfeld Century Podcast, Al Hirschfeld Foundation,
Ep 24, The Algonquin Round Table

Dean Karayanis, The History Author Show

History Goes Bump, It’s a Haunted Gay Life

Stuff You Missed in History Class, Fanny Brice Part 1 & 2 (*)

Outstanding Achievement in Book Writing (Fiction)

Ask Again, Yes by Mary Beth Keane
The Parting Glass by Gina Marie Guadagnino
The Pearl Dagger (An Art Deco Mystery) by L.A. Chandlar  (*)
Red at The Bone by Jacqueline Woodson

Outstanding Achievement in Book Writing (Non-Fiction)

111 Places in the Bronx That You Must Not Miss by Kevin C. Fitzpatrick (*)
111 Rooftops in New York That You Must Not Miss by Leslie Adatto
BE NY Family by Patrick Van Rosendaal
South Bronx Battles: Stories of Resistance, Resilience, and Renewal by Carolyn McLaughlin

Outstanding Achievement in Essay/Article/Series Writing

For New York Magazine: I Love Tourism: Why the City is Better When It’s Full of Annoying Visitors by Justin Davidson

For the New York Post: The Encouraging Travel Trend That’s on the Rise by Marie Haaland

For the New York Times: Everyone’s Welcome at the Statue of Liberty Except Tour Guides by Corey Kilgannon (*)

For the Waterfront Alliance: NYC History in 10 Boats by Andrew Gustafson

Outstanding Achievement in NYC Food

Bamonte’s 120 years
Great seafood for over 100 years, Grand Central Oyster Bar  (*)
For changing with the times when it matters, Keens
Upcoming 10th anniversary, Little Eva’s, Governors Island (Kevin Moore of Red Hook, owner)

Outstanding NYC Museum Exhibitions

For Made in New York City: The Business of Folk Art, the American Folk Art Museum
For Frida Kahlo: Appearances Can Be Deceiving, the Brooklyn Museum (*)
For Play It Loud: Instruments of Rock & Roll, the Metropolitan Museum of Art
For The Moon Represents My Heart: Music, Memory and Belonging, the Museum of Chinese in America