2023 GANYC Apple Awards

9th-Annual GANYC Apple Awards!

Date: Monday, March 6, 2023
Venue: Merkin Hall, 129 West 67th Street
Host: Roma Torre

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 Jo Weldon, a NYC burlesque legend, and our Guiding Spirit Award, which went to Susan Birnbaum!

See our dedicated website for the official GANYC Apple Awards Blog and more information about nominees!

2023 GANYC Apple Awards Nominees
(winners updated with *)

Outstanding Achievement in Support of NYC (Culture)

1. The American Manifest by Charles Gaines (his first public exhibition, taking place across Times Square and Gov Island)
2. Little Amal Walks
(*) 3. Nick Cave’s ‘Soundsuits’ subway station mosaics
4. Sing for Your Seniors

Outstanding Achievement in Support of NYC (Tourism)

1. Domino Park
(*) 2. Little Island
3. RiseNY
4. Summit One Vanderbilt

Outstanding Achievement in Support of NYC (Preservation)

1. Elizabeth Street Garden
2. Yukie Ohta o/b/o of The Soho Memory Project
(*) 3. Save Harlem Now!
4. Voice of Gowanus

Outstanding NYC Website

(*) 1. Daytonian in Manhattan
2. NYC Subway
3. Destination Accessible
4. Secret New York

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

(*) 1. The Gilded Gentleman
2. Housing Notebook on WBAI
3. James and Michelle Nevius NYC History Zooms on Vimeo
4. WKCR’s Phil Schaap Memorial Broadcast

Outstanding Achievement in Book Writing (Non-Fiction)

1. The Women’s House of Detention: A Queer History of a Forgotten Prison by Hugh Ryan
2. New York City Firsts: Big Apple Innovations That Changed the Nation and the World by Laurie Lewis
(*) 3. Madam: The Biography of Polly Adler by Debby Applegate
4. The New York Hot Dog King: From Rags to Riches to Less Than Rags by Dan Rossi

Outstanding Achievement in Essay/Article/Series Writing

1. Clio Chang for "I went to Trash School", Curbed
2. Samantha Maldonado and Clifford Michel for "New York’s 100-Year-Old Businesses Offer Lessons in Survival", The City
(*) 3. Jessie Mitchell for "Historic Harlem Churches Face Declining Membership, Deteriorating Landmarks", CBS New York
4. Lynn Ellsworth and Samuel A. Turvey for "What Will It Take to Kill a Bad Idea at Penn Station?", Chelsea Community News

Outstanding Achievement in NYC Food

1. Barbetta – upscale Italian since 1906
2. Lee Lee’s Baked Goods – fresh quality rugalech for over 50 years
3. Veniero’s – great authentic Italian pastry since 1894
(*) 4. Veselka – fundraising for Ukraine, one bowl of borscht at a time

Outstanding NYC Museum Exhibitions

1. Analog City: NYC B.C. (Before Computers), Museum of City of New York
2. Cross Currents: Winslow Homer at the Met
3. Hans Holbein: Capturing Character at the Morgan Library
(*) 4. Scenes of New York City: The Elie and Sarah Hirschfeld Collection, New-York Historical Society

Outstanding Achievement in Social Media

(*) 1. The Megan Daily on Instagram and TikTok
2. John Friia @here_in_ny on Instagram and TikTok
3. Tom Delgado’s tours on YouTube
4. @newyorknico for lifting the profile of the local New York experience and continuing support of NYC businesses

Outstanding Achievement in NYC Photography

(*) 1. Nathan Kensinger for Domino Park

2. Paul Kessel for A Corner

3. Tyko Kilstedt for Discarded Glove, Harlem Meer

4. Jonathan K. Taylor for Paloma Garcia Lee