The Guides Association of New YorkÂ (GANYC)Â represents the Â legion of licensed New York tour guides who bringÂ an interest in preservation and history to tens of thousands of visitors and residents each year. Â Outside of maybe a cab driver, they’re the first New Yorkers with whom many first-time visitors will interact, and their principal job in many cases is to bring the city to life. Â
And soÂ what other organization is more perfectly poised to present New York’s very first preservation and tourism awards? Â The GANYC Apple Awards will recognize a cross-section of individuals bringing awareness to the culture of the city — writers, artists, broadcasters, curators, historians, preservationists, even chefs and restaurateurs.
And we are honored and excitedÂ to find our podcast on the list of this year’s nominees! Â If you’re a regular reader of this blog, you’ll also recognize a few other names on this list from previous books and projects that I’ve written about.
The ceremony will take place on March 2 at Symphony Space (the Leonard Nemoy Thalia). More information on how to get tickets can be found here.
The 2015 GANYC Awards categories:
Outstanding Achievement in Book Writing (published 2013/14)
— Sam Roberts, author: A History of New York in 101 Objects
— William B. Helmreich, author: The New York Nobody Knows: Walking 6,000 Miles in the City
— Christopher Winn, author: I Never Knew That About New York
— Brandon Stanton, author/photographer: Humans of New York
Outstanding Achievement in Essay/Article/Series Writing (published 2013/14)
— Christopher Gray, architectural historian, former columnist: Streetscapes, The New York Times
— David W. Dunlap, columnist, Building Blocks, The New York Times
— Clyde Haberman, former columnist: Breaking Bread, The New York Times
— Ginia Bellafante, columnist: Big City, The New York Times
Outstanding Achievement in Radio Program/Podcasts (audio/spoken word)
— The Bowery Boys Podcast
— The Brian Lehrer Show, WNYC
— The Next Stop Is… Podcast, Second Ave. Sagas
— Radiolab PodcastÂ (‘Poop Train’ Episode)
Outstanding NYC Website
— Forgotten New York
— Jeremiah’s Vanishing NY
— Scouting New York
Outstanding Achievement in Support of NYC (preservation)
— Friends of the High Line
— Andrew Berman, Executive Director, Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation
— Andrew Scott Dolkart, Professor of Historic Preservation & Director of the Historic Preservation Program at Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation
— Peg Breen, President, The New York Landmarks Conservancy
Outstanding Achievement in Support of NYC (tourism)
— Justin Ferate, Urban, Social & Architectural Historian, NYC Tour Guide, Preservation Activist
— Dan Biederman, Co-founder, Grand Central Partnership; Co-Founder & President, 34th Street Partnership; Co-Founder & President, Bryant Park Corporation
— Billy Mitchell, Tour Director, The Apollo Theater
— Emily K. Rafferty, President, The Metropolitan Museum of Art; Chairwoman, NYC & Company
Outstanding Achievement in Support of NYC (culture)
— Kathleen O’Connor, Tourism and Community Relations, NY Historical Society
— Susan Henshaw Jones, Ronay Menschel Director, Museum of the City of New York
— Alan Gilbert, Music Director, New York Philharmonic; Conductor Laureate, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra; Principal Guest Conductor, NDR Symphony Orchestra, Hamburg; Director of Conducting and Orchestral Studies, The Juilliard School
— Michael Miscione, Manhattan Borough Historian
Outstanding Achievement in NYC Museum Exhibitions (2013/14)
— Palaces for the People: Guastavino and the Art of Structural Tile, March26 – September 7th, 2014, Museum of the City of NY
— Permanent Exhibits, National September 11 Memorial & Museum
— Documenting Sandy, October 16th, 2013 – Spring 2014, Brooklyn Historical Society
— Daily Life at Sailor’s Snug Harbor, Permanent Exhibit, Noble Maritime Collection at historic Snug Harbor Cultural Collection
Outstanding Achievement in NYC Food (focusing on anniversaries and special accomplishments)
— Katz’s Delicatessen, celebrating over 125 years of service.
— Niki Russ Federman & Josh Russ Tupper, Russ & Daughters; 100 years owned and operated by one family
— Danny Meyer, CEO, Union Square Hospitality Group, controlling over 10 NYC restaurants and a catering company.
— Mario Batali, Joe Bastianich, Lidia Bastianich, Batali & Bastianich Hospitality Group
Lifetime Achievement Award
— James Turrell, American Artist
1 reply on “An awards show for New York City preservation, history and tourism”
How can I vote for my amazing & wonderful Bowery Boys who really should WIN, hands down, the GANYC Apple Awards. Because of their work on Bowery Boys (BB), I am seriously inspired me to make my own Babette’s Bounty Podcast. There are just so many great things to love about BB podcast, but their foundation in my humble opinion is the chemistry between these two articulate, learned men. They occassionally banter lightly, but rarely, mostly passing the subject matter back & forth seamlessly. They have an excellent method of asking questions and following up with their own segment on the subject matter at hand. This is so well orchestrated, it literally makes the listener feel as if they too are included & engaged in the dialogue. This is no easy task. All the while, they are playful or somber as needed. I love it when you boys jump into an accent, character(s) or just laugh/chuckle simultaneously on perfect, unrehearsed cue. You guys are naturals and your unselfconscious passion for a city, NY, NY that I love just fills my heart with joy. You are so entertaining, yet family friendly. My 12, now 13 year old daughter & I listen to you as we fall asleep. Next morning we enjoy talking all about it. Only problem is…. we want more!. Luckily, we can listen again and hear things we missed.
Love, love love this podcast. It is our favorite, hands down.
Thank you, Tom & Greg for being so authentically yourselves. And for sharing your love of this great American city with all of us. We are planning our trip now, so we are also hoping you will have some walking tours done by fall.
Suz in Olympia, WA