By: Steve Webner Staff Writer for World Liberty TV
The Guides Association of New York City (GANYC) presented its 5th-annual Apple Awards at a festive ceremony on March 4 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 was a smashing success. Their humor and love of New York was contagious throughout the auditorium.
Presenters included Nathan Kensinger, Jenny Dorsey, Jose Raudales, and Milly Tamarez, among others. In addition to the entertainment by our host, presenters, and winners, guests also viewed videos about the work guides do, and our In Memoriam reel of New Yorkers and institutions that we lost in the past year.
Here is the complete list of 2018 GANYC Apple Award Winners:
Outstanding Achievement in Support of NYC Culture: New York Transit Museum
Outstanding Achievement in Support of NYC Tourism: Paul Torres, Head of Sales at Statue Cruises
Outstanding Achievement in Support of NYC Preservation: Municipal Art Society of New York
Outstanding NYC Website: NYPL Digital Collections
Outstanding Achievement in NYC Photography: Andrew Garn, ‘Pigeon with a View’
Outstanding Achievement in NYC Radio Program or Podcast (Audio/Spoken Word): ‘Joanna and Kevin’s Big Show’, Kevin Fitzpatrick & Joanna Holliday
Outstanding Achievement in Fiction NYC Book Writing: Manhattan Beach, by Jennifer Egan
Outstanding Achievement in Non-Fiction NYC Book Writing: Greater Gotham: A History of New York City from 1898 to 1919 (The History of NYC Series), by Mike Wallace
Outstanding Achievement in Essay/Article/Series Writing: Death of a Once Great City: The fall of New York and the urban crisis of affluence, by Kevin Baker
Outstanding Achievement in NYC Food: ReThink Food NYC Inc
Outstanding NYC Museum Exhibitions: Poetry in Motion at 25, at The New York Transit Museum.
In addition, GANYC presented two legacy awards: The Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to Drama Book Shop owner Rozanne Seelen, and the Guiding Spirit Award was presented to Nina Mende!.
ABOUT GANYC: The Guides Association of New York City (GANYC) is New York City’s professional tour guides association. Founded in 1974 by licensed guides for licensed guides, GANYC is one of the oldest and most active tour-guide associations in America. All GANYC members are licensed by the New York City Department of Consumer Affairs.