Last night’s Guides Association of New York City Awards Ceremony was a blast. The guides certainly know how to throw a good party. It was my first time at Bar Thalia, the cute side space to the Leonard Nimoy Theater. Nimoy, who passed away recently, was instrumental in reviving the Symphony Space Theater.
I am pleased to say that I predicted incorrectly in each of the nine awards categories. That’s even worse than if I had guessed completely randomly, but I like it – who needs a predictable awards show? Here are last night’s winners.
Outstanding Achievement in Book Writing (published 2013 / 14) : William B. Helmreich, author: The New York Nobody Knows: Walking 6,000 Miles in the City .
Outstanding Achievement in Essay/Article/Series Writing (published 2013/14) : Christopher Gray, architectural historian, former columnist: Streetscapes, The New York Times .
Outstanding Achievement in Radio Program/Podcasts (audio/spoken word) : The Bowery Boys Podcast
Outstanding NYC Website : Forgotten New York
Outstanding Achievement in Support of NYC (preservation) : Friends of the High Line .
Outstanding Achievement in Support of NYC (tourism) : Justin Ferate, Urban, Social & Architectural Historian, NYC Tour Guide, Preservation Activist .
Outstanding Achievement in Support of NYC (culture) : Kathleen O’Connor, Tourism and Community Relations, NY Historical Society .
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.
Outstanding Achievement in NYC Food (focusing on anniversaries and special accomplishments) : Niki Russ Federman & Josh Russ Tupper, Russ & Daughters.