GANYC To Honor The Best of NYC At 6th Annual Awards Gala!
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Guides Association of New York City (GANYC) Announces Nominees for 6th-Annual GANYC Apple Awards

NEW YORK, Monday November 18 —  The Guides Association of New York City (GANYC)  is proud to honor and celebrate our city at the 6th Annual GANYC Apple Awards on March 2, 2020 at the SVA Theater. Hosted by the Bowery Boys, the Apple Awards celebrate those who make New York City great. Over a dozen awards are given out to individuals & organizations who’ve shown exceptional commitment to improving our city and our experience as tour guides.

In particular, we are proud to honor activist Sean McKenna with our Lifetime Achievement Award. This award honors individuals with a lifetime of dedication to New York and its communities. McKenna's story, and those he tells through his activism, are an important part of the NYC narrative that we seek to honor.

Sean McKenna is a longtime LGBTQ/AIDS activist who works on behalfs of survivors like himself. Among his achievements is helping staffers revive the Buddy Program at New York's Gay Men's Health Crisis.  Announced June 5, 2015 in commemoration of National HIV/AIDS Long-Term Survivor Awareness Day, GMHC's revamped Buddy Program focuses on providing services to those who contracted the virus before the advent of highly active antiretroviral therapies and/or who have been living with HIV for 10 or more years. McKenna says he advocates for "the LGBT community [to] embrace the long-term survivor community and talk about us openly as an issue to be dealt with…That our needs become as important as trans issues and PrEP.” McKenna has been inspired to give, and continues to inspire a new generation to not forget their recent history and ones who lost the battle long ago. New York, and GANYC, are grateful for his work and so we bestow this honor.

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

The ceremony will be hosted by award-winning history podcast hosts, The Bowery Boys (Thomas Meyers and Gregory Young). As chroniclers of the history & culture of our great city, we are delighted that The Bowery Boys will once again be hosting this event. We thank all the people and organizations who have participated in the past, and we look forward to an even more amazing ceremony on March 2.

Tickets are on sale soon. 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

Black Gotham Experience
Bronx Documentary Center
The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, & Transgender Community Center
Poetry Society of NYC

Outstanding Achievement in Support of NYC Tourism

Luna Park
For leading the fight for tour guides and their value on Liberty & Ellis Islands-- Michael Morgenthal
NYC LGBT Historic Sites Project
Waterfront Alliance

Outstanding Achievement in Support of NYC Preservation

Bronx River Alliance
East Harlem Preservation, Inc.
Murray Hill Neighborhood Association
NYC Trans Oral History Project

Outstanding NYC Website

6 Sq. Ft.
Crain's New York
NYC LGBT Historic Sites Project

Outstanding Achievement in NYC Photography

Marc A. Hermann, Two “baaaaad boys” that wandered onto the N line tracks

Nathan Kensinger, Revere Sugar Refinery, Red Hook

Alex Rivera,, Streets of New York, Yankee Stadium

Russ Rowland, Night Blooms

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

David Leopold & Katherine Eastman, Hirschfeld Century Podcast, Al Hirschfeld Foundation,
Ep 24, The Algonquin Round Table

Dean Karayanis, The History Author Show

History Goes Bump, It’s a Haunted Gay Life

Stuff You Missed in History Class, Fanny Brice Part 1 & 2

Outstanding Achievement in Book Writing (Fiction)

Ask Again, Yes by Mary Beth Keane
The Parting Glass by Gina Marie Guadagnino
The Pearl Dagger (An Art Deco Mystery) by L.A. Chandlar
Red at The Bone by Jacqueline Woodson

Outstanding Achievement in Book Writing (Non-Fiction)

111 Places in the Bronx That You Must Not Miss by Kevin C. Fitzpatrick
111 Rooftops in New York That You Must Not Miss by Leslie Adatto
BE NY Family by Patrick Van Rosendaal
South Bronx Battles: Stories of Resistance, Resilience, and Renewal by Carolyn McLaughlin

Outstanding Achievement in Essay/Article/Series Writing

For New York Magazine: I Love Tourism: Why the City is Better When It’s Full of Annoying Visitors by Justin Davidson

For the New York Post: The Encouraging Travel Trend That’s on the Rise by Marie Haaland

For the New York Times: Everyone’s Welcome at the Statue of Liberty Except Tour Guides by Corey Kilgannon

For the Waterfront Alliance: NYC History in 10 Boats by Andrew Gustafson

Outstanding Achievement in NYC Food

Bamonte’s 120 years
Great seafood for over 100 years, Grand Central Oyster Bar
For changing with the times when it matters, Keens
Upcoming 10th anniversary, Little Eva’s, Governors Island (Kevin Moore of Red Hook, owner)

Outstanding NYC Museum Exhibitions

For Made in New York City: The Business of Folk Art, the American Folk Art Museum
For Frida Kahlo: Appearances Can Be Deceiving, the Brooklyn Museum
For Play It Loud: Instruments of Rock & Roll, the Metropolitan Museum of Art
For The Moon Represents My Heart: Music, Memory and Belonging, the Museum of Chinese in America

In addition to these categories, GANYC will also be issuing our Guiding Spirit Award to honor Joe Svehlak, a member who has donated so many wonderful fam tours, and been generous with his time and knowledge, to our membership.
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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