2021 GANYC Apple Awards

Monday, February 22, 2021: Our 7th 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 Malachy McCourt, and our Guiding Spirit Award to Marta Sanders-Cooper!

The event was streamed live on the online platform LiveStorm.

The full list of nominees is below. Nominees were decided and chosen by the membership of GANYC, who then voted on the final winners.

2021 GANYC Apple Awards Nominees
(winners updated with *)


Outstanding Achievement in Support of NYC Culture

1. Broadway Cares Equity Fights AIDS, for helping members of the theatre community survive (and all their
years of service prior)

2. The Line - at the Public Theater - first drama about First Responders during the Pandemic
(*) 3. Museum of the Chinese in America (MoCA)
4. Schomburg Center

Outstanding Achievement in Support of NYC Preservation

1. East Harlem Preservation
2. Historic House Trust NYC
 (*) 3. Merchants House Museum, for fighting off next door construction
4. Sunset Park Landmarks Committee, for getting 4 landmark districts designated

Outstanding Achievement in Support of NYC Tourism

(*) 1. NY Adventure Club, bringing NYC past and present to people all over the country via Zoom programs
2. Here Be Barr, for his amazing YouTube videos promoting awesomeness in NYC
3. NYC LGBT Historic Sites Project
4. WFUV, for promoting virtual tour experiences

Outstanding NYC Website

1. Bowery Boys
2. Destination Accessible
3. MurphGuide
(*) 4. Untapped New York

Outstanding Achievement in NYC Photography

Black Lives Matter Protest by David Dee Delgado

Dancer in front of Guggenheim by Jonathan K Taylor (third photo in set)

Green-Wood Cemetery, Curbed by Nathan Kensinger (banner image)

(*) Up In the Heights by Ayinde (AJ) Stevens


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

1. Café Stay Tuned with Preet, Preet B
(*) 2. Gotham Center - Lost NYC
3. History Author Show: Alan D, Gaff - Lou Gehrig: The Lost Memoir
4. WQXR - Mostly Mozart Festival online August 10-16 2020

Outstanding Achievement in Book Writing (Fiction)

1. Brooklyn Roses by Catherine Gigante-Brown
2. The City We Became by N. K. Jemisin
(*) 3. The Lions of Fifth Avenue by Fiona Davis
4. We Came Here to Shine by Susie Orman Schnall

Outstanding Achievement in Book Writing (Non-Fiction)

(*) 1. Boss of the Grips by Eric K Washington
2. The Invention of Public Space: Designing for Inclusion in Lindsay's New York by Mariana Mogilevich
3. Walking Broadway by William J Hennessey
4. The Young Lords: A Radical History by Johanna Fernández

Outstanding Achievement in Essay/Article/Series Writing

(*) 1. The Improbable Journey of Dorothy Parker’s Ashes by Laurie Gwen Shapiro, The New Yorker
2. Monumental Women by Joan L Roth, Lilith Magazine Blog, August 30, 2020
3. So You Think New York Is ‘Dead’ by Jerry Seinfeld, New York Times
4. Take a Walk New York newsletter (sent to subscribers by email as Tours and Tales of New York and archived on the website

Outstanding Achievement in NYC Food

1. B&H Dairy, for over 80 years of Kosher excellence
(*) 2. Food Bank For New York City, for major hunger relief
3. Nom Wah Tea Parlor, for 100 years of dim sum
4. NYC Greenmarkets, for outdoor socially distant fresh food options

Outstanding NYC Museum Exhibitions

1. For Agnes Denes: Absolutes and Intermediates, The Shed
2. For Ebb & Flow: Tapping Into the History of New York City’s Water, the NYC Municipal Archives and the Museum of American Finance
(*) 3. For Met 150, the Metropolitan Museum of Art
4. For Traveling While Black: a Century of Pleasure, Pain, and Pilgrimage, the Schomburg Center