GANYC To Honor Drama Book Shop With Lifetime Achievement Award
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Guides Association of New York City (GANYC) Announces Rozanne Seelen as Lifetime Achievement Honoree at 5th-Annual GANYC Apple Awards

NEW YORK, Monday January 28 —  The Guides Association of New York City (GANYC)  is proud to announce that Rozanne Seelen, President of the Drama Book Club, will be the Lifetime Achievement Award honoree at the 5th Annual GANYC Apple Awards on March 4, 2019 at the SVA Theater. The GANYC Apple Awards celebrate those who make New York City great. Over a dozen awards are given out each year to individuals & organizations from across our five boroughs.

In particular, the Lifetime Achievement Award honors individuals who have shown exceptional commitment to improving our city and our experience as tour guides. Ms. Seelen certainly fits that description.

Rozanne Seelen has owned the Drama Book Shop since 1969, and has fought tirelessly since to preserve its place in New York City, along with its vice president Allen Hubby. The Drama Book Shop was founded in 1917, over a century ago. Its longtime West 40th St location featured an extensive collection of plays and books on theater-- playscripts, libretti, technique books, sheet music and so much more-- as well as a performance/theater space. The store received an Honorary Tony Award for excellence in Theatre in 2011. The shop was considered just as important to the Broadway community as any theater.

Last year, news came that has become increasingly familiar to New Yorkers about their beloved spaces: massive rent hikes would force the shop to shutter its doors. But it was followed by celebratory news, that Lin-Manuel Miranda and three of his “Hamilton” collaborators (director Thomas Kail, lead producer Jeffrey Seller, and theater owner James L. Nederlander) had purchased the shop, and would work with the city to  find it a new home this year. "Landmark institutions like the century-old Drama Book Shop are what make New York City unique," the Mayor's Office said, celebrating this decision.

The legacy of the Drama Book Shop, kept alive by Ms. Seelen for half a century, will live on. The Guides Assocation is proud to honor her for a lifetime of dedication to the theater community, and to the city of New York. We look forward to doing so on March 4 at the SVA Theater.

The ceremony will be hosted by award-winning history podcast hosts, The Bowery Boys (Thomas Meyers and Gregory Young).

Previous winners of GANYC's Lifetime Achievement Award include "Mr. Apollo" Billy Mitchell, cabaret impresario Steve Ross, Harlem jazz legend Marjorie Eliot, and artist James Turrell.

Tickets are now on sale. All attending members of the press will receive a complimentary press pass. Contact our Awards Committee to reserve your pass.
We are also excited to announce the nominees in all major categories for this year's Awards! Nominees are submitted by the entire membership of GANYC, who will also vote on the final winners.

Our nominees are:

Outstanding Achievement in Support of NYC Culture

New York Transit Museum
Shakespeare in the Park, The Public Theater
New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center
Harlem Late Night Jazz

Outstanding Achievement in Support of NYC Tourism

Paul Torres, Head of Sales at Statue Cruises
NYC Marathon
Lower East Side Jewish Conservancy
Fred Dixon, President and CEO, NYC & Company

Outstanding Achievement in Support of NYC Preservation

Municipal Art Society of New York
Save Ellis Island Foundation
Doreen Gallo, Director of the DUMBO Neighborhood Alliance
John Krawchuk, Director of Historic Preservation for the City of New York Parks & Recreation Dept.

Outstanding NYC Website

NYPL Digital Collections 
New York Songlines
Daytonian in Manhattan
Untapped Cities

Outstanding Achievement in NYC Photography

an Rong Xu for The New York Times, Roderick George, in white, dancing with Josh Johnson on the outdoor stage of the structure built for “A Prelude to the Shed,” at West 31st Street and 10th Avenue in Manhattan

Taegin Reisman, Inwood Seal

Andrew Garn, Empire State Pigeon, from The New York Pigeon: Behind the Feathers

Adeline Lulo, Picture 3 from Childhood, Clermont Documentary Project

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

Our City. Our Story. 9/11 Museum & Memorial Podcast Series
Sites and Sounds, The Gotham Center's Open House podcast series
Criminal: Episodes 91 & 92 (The story of Evelyn Nesbitt & Stanford White)
Joanna and Kevin's Big Show, Kevin Fitzpatrick's podcast

Outstanding Achievement in Fiction NYC Book Writing

Manhattan Beach, by Jennifer Egan
The Subway Girls: A Novel, by Susie Orman Schnall
Miss Subways: A Novel, by David Duchovny

Outstanding Achievement in Non-Fiction NYC Book Writing

Tenements, Towers & Trash: An Unconventional Illustrated History of New York City, by Julia Wertz
Art Deco New York Map: Guide to Art Deco Architecture in New York City, by Allison Meier (Author), Jason Woods (Photographer)
Greater Gotham: A History of New York City from 1898 to 1919 (The History of NYC Series), by Mike Wallace
Broadway: A History of New York City in Thirteen Miles, By Fran Leadon

Outstanding Achievement in Essay/Article/Series Writing

What Climate Change Means for Urban Farming and Gardening, By Carrington Morris Photos by Christopher Simpson
Death of a Once Great City: The fall of New York and the urban crisis of affluence, by Kevin Baker
How to bring back mom and pop: NYC commercial rents are out of control; here's how to restore sanity, By JEREMIAH MOSS
The Village Voice Is Officially Dead, BY CHRISTOPHER ROBBINS

Outstanding Achievement in NYC Food

Rethink NYC
Ovenly, a women-owned socially conscious bakery chain in NYC
Seamore's, serving local sustainable seafood
James Beard Foundation's Impact Programs

Outstanding NYC Museum Exhibitions

Poetry in Motion at 25, at The New York Transit Museum
Never Built New York, at the Queens Museum
Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination, at the Metropolitan Museum of Art
Comeback Season: Sports After 9/11, at the 9/11 Memorial Museum

In addition to these categories, GANYC will also be issuing our Guiding Spirit Award to honor Nina Mende, our generous & inspiring Education Committee Chair.
To learn more about the GANYC Apple Awards, visit

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. For more information about GANYC, please visit
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