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
Outstanding Achievement in Support of NYC Tourism
Outstanding Achievement in Support of NYC Preservation
Outstanding NYC Website
Outstanding Achievement in NYC Photography
Outstanding Achievement in NYC Radio Program or Podcast (Audio/Spoken Word)
Outstanding Achievement in Book Writing (Fiction)
Outstanding Achievement in Book Writing (Non-Fiction)
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
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 https://www.ganyc.org/2020-ganyc-apple-awards 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.