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Presenting The 3rd Annual GANYC Apple Awards Nominees

The Guides Association of New York City (or GANYC), founded in 1974, brings together the finest independent, professional tour guides in the city.  And since 2015 they have presented awards to the community, “honoring individuals and organizations that encourage and promote New York City tourism, culture and preservation while supporting the work and contributions of professional New York City tour guides.”

The 3rd Annual GANYC Apple Award nominations were announced last month, and we are honored to be included on this list this year for our book The Bowery Boys’ Adventures In Old New York.

The complete list of nominations are below. Tickets are available to the general public so come out and see the show! The awards ceremony this year is held on March 6 at the SVA Theatre in Chelsea, with cabaret performer Mark Nadler as your host.  Tickets are $50 and you can grab them here. And you can find more information on the event here.


Outstanding Achievement in Support of New York City Culture

Gene Russianoff, Staff Attorney & Chief Spokesman, Straphangers Campaign for NYPIRG

Billy Mitchell, Tour Director, Apollo Theater

Leslie Koch, President and CEO, The Trust for Governors Island

Alan Gilbert, Music Director, NY Philharmonic

(Past winners include Susan Henshaw Jones and Ronay Menschel of the Museum of the City of New York and Kathleen O’Connor at the New-York Historical Society)

Outstanding Achievement in Support of New York City Tourism

Evelyn Hill Inc. At The Statue of Liberty/Ellis Island Immigration Museum

Fred Dixon, President & CEO, NYC & Company

Luna Park NYC

Central Park Conservancy

(Past winners include Gregory Wessner of Open House New York, and Justin Ferate)

Outstanding Achievement in Support of New York City Preservation

Bronx Zoo

Simeon Bankoff, Executive Director, Historic Districts Council

Steve Zeitlin, Founding Director, City Lore

Working Harbor Committee

(Past winners include Jeremiah Moss and Friends of the High Line)

Outstanding New York City Website

Curbed NY

Beautiful New York 

Ephemeral New York 

EV Grieve 

(Past winners include Jeremiah’s Vanishing New York and Forgotten New York)

Outstanding Achievement in Radio Program/Podcasts (audio/spoken word)

The New Yorker Radio Hour, WNYC

There Goes the Neighborhood, WNYC

Inside New York Tourism, City World Radio

Z Travel and Leisure, WVOX

(Past winners include the Brian Lehrer Show on WNYC — and the Bowery Boys: New York City History podcast)

Outstanding Achievement in New York City Food (focusing on anniversaries and special accomplishments)

Carnegie Deli

Danny Meyer, USHG, Making History in the NYC Hospitality Industry

Nathan’s Famous

Eisenberg’s Sandwich Shop

(Past winners include Yonah Schimmel Knishery and Russ & Daughters)

Outstanding Achievement in Non-Fiction Book Writing (published October 1, 2015 – September 30, 2016)

Store Front II A History Preserved: The Disappearing Face of New York, by James and Karla Murray

Food and the City: New York’s Professional Chefs, Restaurateurs, Line Cooks, Street Vendors, and Purveyors Talk About What They Do and Why They Do It, by Ina Yalof

The Bowery Boys: Adventures in Old New York, by Tom Meyers and Greg Young

Governors Island Explorers Guide by Kevin Fitzpatrick

(Past winners include Saving Place: 50 Years of New York City Landmarks, edited by Donald Albrecht and Andrew Dolkart, Iwan Baan photographer, and William B. Helmreich The New York Nobody Knows)

Outstanding Achievement in Fiction Book Writing (published October 1, 2015 – September 30, 2016)

The Dollhouse: A Novel, by Fiona Davis

Sweetbitter: A novel, by Stephanie Danler

The Swans of Fifth Avenue: A Novel by Melanie Benjamin

Murder in Morningside Heights by Victoria Thompson

(Past winners include City on Fire: A Novel by Garth Risk Hallberg)

Outstanding Achievement in Essay/Article/Series Writing (published October 1, 2015 – September 30, 2016)

A Walking Tour of 1866 New York: In the Footsteps of 150-year-old Guidebooks, by James Nevius, Curbed NY

Camera Obscura, Curbed NY

Even in New York City, Nature’s All Around Us If We Want to See It, by Ariel Lauren Wilson, Edible Brooklyn

Ian Frazier for The New Yorker

(Past winners include Grub Street: New York Magazine and Christopher Gray, formerly of Streetscapes, New York Times)

Outstanding Achievement in New York City Museum Exhibitions (October 1, 2015 – September 30, 2016)

Hidden in Plain Sight: Portraits of Hunger in NYC, Brooklyn Historical Society

America to Zanzibar: Muslim Culture Near and Far, Children’s Museum of Manhattan

Jacob A Riis: Revealing New York’s Other Half, Museum of the City of New York

Yiddish Theater From Bowery to Broadway, Museum of the City of New York

(Past winners include Frida Kahlo: Art, Garden, Life, New York Botanical Garden and Palaces for the People: Guastavino and the Art of Structural Tile, Museum of the City of New York)

Outstanding Achievement in New York City Photography (singular image, published October 1, 2015 – September 30, 2016)

Mike McLaughlin, Manhattan Bridge, Curbed Photo Pool

Nathan Kensinger, Bronx Casitas 

Paul Kessel, Coney Island

Nathan Kensinger, Port Morris 

(Past winners include Jeff Chien-Hsing Liao with his winning image High Bridge for the New York Times)

Author and tour leader Anthony W. Robins will be presented with the 2017 Guiding Spirit honor.  And the 2017 GANYC Apple Award Lifetime Achievement Winner will be given to cabaret icon Steve Ross! Here’s a bit of Ross tackling some Cole Porter…..


The image at top is F. V Carpenters’ paper artwork Manhattan Skyline, courtesy Museum of the City of New  York

The Second Annual Apple Awards! Honoring the Best of New York

The Second Annual 2016 GANYC Apple Awards, honoring the best in New York City preservation, tourism and culture, arrives this March again to the Leonard Nimoy Thalia Theater at Symphony Space.  We were honored to be chosen for an award last year in the category of Outstanding Achievement in Radio Program/Podcasts. And this year, we’re showing up to present an award!

This year’s ceremony is on Monday, March 7, 2016 at 8 pm.  There are some tickets left so get yours directly from Symphony Space here.

Here are this years honorees. Congratulations, good luck to the nominees and we’ll see you all on March 7:


Outstanding Achievement in Support of New York City  — Culture


Outstanding Achievement in Support of New York City — Tourism


Outstanding Achievement in Support of New York City — Preservation


Outstanding NYC Website


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


Outstanding Achievement in NYC Food (focusing on anniversaries and special accomplishments)

  • Yonah Schimmel Knishery: Celebrating 125 Years
  • Danny Meyer, Union Square Hospitality Group: Hospitality Included Program started November, 2015
  • Marcus Samuelsson: Bringing the quality food scene back to Harlem starting with Red Rooster, 2010
  • Lou, Salvatore & Marie Di Palo, Di Palo’s: Celebrating 90 years on Mott & Grand streets


Outstanding Achievement in Non-Fiction Book Writing 


Outstanding Achievement in Fiction Book Writing 


Outstanding Achievement in Essay/Article/Series Writing 


Outstanding Achievement in NYC Museum Exhibitions 


Outstanding Achievement in NYC Photography (singular image, published October 2015-15)

PLUS:  A special lifetime achievement award will be presented to Marjorie Eliot, best known for her Sunday afternoon parlor jazz concerts at 555 Edgecombe Avenue, one of the most historic address in Harlem.

“A writer, actress and pianist, Eliot began the parlor jazz concerts as a tribute to her son Philip, who died in 1992. In addition to memorializing her son and helping ease the pain of his loss, these sessions keep alive the tradition of parlor jazz and rent parties from the bygone days of Harlem. The concerts have attracted jazz lovers from around New York and around the globe, who cram 50 at a time into apartment 3-F to hear world-class jazz each and every Sunday — she has yet to miss a Sunday since starting the series.


Photo by Paul Lomax/Uptown Collective