WESTY Awards: Celebrating the spirit of the UWS

A welcoming crowd for individuals who have contributed to the life of the community

  • WESTY awardees (back row, left to right): Sean Khorsandi of Landmark West!; host Kristen Shaughnessy, NY1; Norma Levy of New Plaza Cinema; Eduardo Vilaro, Ballet Hispanico; Loic Cadou of La Mirabelle; The Rev. Schuyler Vogel, Fourth Universalist Society. (Middle row): Liana Pai and Eunsook Pai of Liana; Barbara Adler, Columbus Avenue BID; U.S. Rep. Jerrold Nadler; Nathalie le Douaron Cadou, La Mirabelle; City Council Member Mark Levine; Deputy Inspector Timothy J. Malin, NYPD. (Front row): Jeanne Straus, Publisher, Straus Media Manhattan; Kathy Landau of Symphony Space; Marie Carmel Garcon, Columbia School of Nursing. Photo: Steven Strasser

  • Rep. Jerrold Nadler looks at his "Man of the Moment" WESTY profile in the West Side Spirit, with Straus News Vice President Vince Gardino. Photo: Steven Strasser

  • Mark Levine of the City Council (right) celebrates his WESTY Award with (left to right) host Kristen Shaughnessy of NY1, Council Member Helen Rosenthal and Jeanne Straus, Publisher, Straus Media. Photo: Steven Strasser

  • Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer (left) and Publisher Jeanne Straus (right) with Rep. Jerrold Nadler, who received a standing ovation from the audience. Photo: Steven Strasser

For more than 10 years, the West Side Spirit has recognized the exceptional contributions of Upper West Siders with the WESTY (The West Side Spirit Thanks You) Awards. On Tuesday, April 16th, 12 WESTY's were presented to a dynamic mix of individuals representing the best of the UWS: a U.S. Congressman, a police commander, a minister, two family-owned local businesses, a health-care professional, a city council member, the directors of three local cultural organizations, and the leaders of a business improvement district and a preservation non-profit.

A happy crowd of friends and family gathered at the W83 event space and joined the honorees for a reception and the presentation of the awards, which was emceed by NY1's Kristen Shaughnessy.

The awardees and their guests were also joined by elected officials from the Upper West Side. In addition to City Council Member Mark Levine and U.S. Rep. Jerrold Nadler — who were honored at the event — the West Side Spirit welcomed NY State Senator Brad Hoylman, NY State Assemblymember Dick Gottfried, NY State Assemblymember Daniel O'Donnell, NY State Assemblymember Linda B. Rosenthal, Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer and City Council Member Helen Rosenthal.

Above all, thank you to the 2019 WESTY recipients:

• Barbara Adler, Columbus Ave. BID

• Nathalie le Douraron Cadou and Loic Cadou, La Mirabelle

• Marie Carmel Garcon, Columbia School of Nursing

• Sean Khorsandi, Landmark West!

• Kathy Landau, Symphony Space

• Mark Levine, NY City Council

• Norma Levy, New Plaza Cinema

• Deputy Inspector Timothy J. Malin, NYPD

• Rep. Jerrold Nadler, U.S. Congress

• Liana Pai, Liana

• Eduardo Vilaro, Ballet Hispanico

• The Rev. Schuyler Vogel, Fourt Universalist Society

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