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  1. DESTINATION NEW YORK Episode #7 James Muessig

    James Muessig

    Destination New York is back after a brief hiatus.  Join host Aaron Tabackman as he sits one-on-one with Grayline CitySightseeing Tour Guide and TWU Local 225 Shop Steward James Muessig as they discuss the current situation of the double-decker sightseeing industry in New York.   Also predictions for the future and the current battle to organize unions for tour guides in New York and more.  

  2. Destination New York Podcast #3 Interview with Lee Gelber

    On March 12th, the podcast committee had the honor to interview Lee Gelber, founder and owner of Here Is New York and a.k.a. "The Dean of NYC Tour Guides." Why is he called that? Well you will just have to tune in, listen, and find out. This episode features a recap of the GANYC Apple Awards which was held on Monday, March 2nd at the Leonard Nimoy Thalia Symphony Space Theatre, the interview with the dean, and fun tour guide tips. Please subscribe and enjoy!

  3. The 1st Annual GANYC Apple Awards Ceremony

    Apple Awards co-hosts Kevin Doyle and Olivia Petzy

    GANYC'S first ever awards ceremony, the 1st Annual Apple Awards took place last night at the Leonard Nimoy Bar Thalia on the Upper West Side to a capacity crowd. Emcees were the co-hosts of the off-Broadway show "How 2 B A New Yorker" Kevin Doyle and Olivia Petzy.  The co-hosts were funny, sharp-witted and killed elicting many laughs from the audience.   They performed many bits and kept everyone entertained throughout.   Certainly Mr. Doyle knows a few things about tour guides because he is one himself.  

    There were nine categories each with multiple nominees for the best in culture and tourism.  What really made the whole show special was that nobody seemed to be at loss for words, both presenters and winners.  After all the Tour Guides talk for a living although not necessarily on an elevated proscenium stage.  

    President Matthew Baker addressed the audience midway through the show to remember those New Yorkers whom we lost over the past calendar year including Tour Guides.   It was a rather maudlin affair I'm sure as many people in the audience were moved.  

    The winners gave some excellent speeches including Tour Guide Justin Ferate who all but said the Apple Award was the best award he's ever won.   Professor William Helmreich admitted he didn't know much about the life of a tour guide, that is until he actually took the exam to become one and now gives tours legally.  

    The widow of the man who was friends with the late Leonard Nimoy spoke, Ethel Sheffer.  She gave a warm rememberance and explained her late husbands relationship to the Hollywood star and told the story of how the theater was named.  

    The Bowery Boys, Tom Myers and Greg Young, spoke on just how much their show has grown in seven years of producing the podcast that won for Outstanding Achievement in Radio Program/Podcast.  

    GANYC's coming out party couldn't have gone better.  Kudos to the Awards Committee by GANYC members Sal Balbi (chair) and Amada Anderson, Matthew Baker, Adrienne Cooper, Ibrahima Diallo, Bob Gelber, Lee Gelber and Riley Kellogg. 

    For a list of winners go to our Twitter feed using the hashtag #GANYCAppleAwards.  Watch the Apple Awards at 

    Watch the special GANYC Apple Awards In Memorium at

    What did you think of the 1st Annual GANYC Apple Awards?  What did you like?  What did you not like?  Tell us here.  




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