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GANYC Celebrated 6th-Annual Apple Awards!

The Guides Association of New York City (GANYC) presented its 6th-annual Apple Awards at a festive ceremony on March 2 at the SVA Theater, in Chelsea. GANYC honored numerous organizations and people with Apple Awards for encouraging and promoting New York City tourism, culture and preservation while supporting the work and contributions of professional New York City tourist guides.

The ceremony, hosted by the award-winning Bowery Boys, Gregory Young and Thomas Meyers, was a smashing success. Their humor and love of New York was contagious throughout the auditorium. Presenters included Laurie Gwen Shapiro, Joe Conzo, Nat Towsen and Joanna Leban, the Museum of the City of New York's Jerry Gallagher, among others. In addition to the entertainment by our host, presenters, and winners, guests also viewed videos like In Memoriam reel of New Yorkers and institutions that we lost in the past year.

Images and videos of the GANYC Apple Awards will be posted on our website and social media channels throughout the next week.

Here is the complete list of 2020 GANYC Apple Award Winners:

Outstanding Achievement in Support of NYC Culture

Black Gotham Experience

Outstanding Achievement in Support of NYC Tourism

For leading the fight for tour guides and their value on Liberty & Ellis Islands-- Michael Morgenthal

Outstanding Achievement in Support of NYC Preservation

Murray Hill Neighborhood Association

Outstanding NYC Website


Outstanding Achievement in NYC Photography

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

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

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

Outstanding Achievement in Book Writing (Fiction)

The Pearl Dagger (An Art Deco Mystery) by L.A. Chandlar

Outstanding Achievement in Book Writing (Non-Fiction)

111 Places in the Bronx That You Must Not Miss by Kevin C. Fitzpatrick

Outstanding Achievement in Essay/Article/Series Writing

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

Outstanding Achievement in NYC Food

Great seafood for over 100 years, Grand Central Oyster Bar

Outstanding NYC Museum Exhibitions

For Frida Kahlo: Appearances Can Be Deceiving, the Brooklyn Museum

In addition, GANYC presented two legacy awards: The Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to Sean McKenna for his many years of advocacy for survivors of HIV and AIDS, and the Lee Gelber Award for Guiding Spirit was presented to Joe Svehlak!

The dozens of nominees across 11 Outstanding Achievement categories were announced by the GANYC Awards Committee in December; visit to view the complete list of nominees. The GANYC membership voted on the nominees through mid-January, leading up to the awards ceremony on March 2, where the winners were announced.

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GANYC is an association of independent tour guides. Each member is licensed by the New York City Department of Consumer Affairs. GANYC provides a listing of all member guides to the public. GANYC is not liable, or responsible, for contractual obligations made between clients and tour guides. GANYC stands for Guides Association Of New York City.
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