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Summer of Skate: ATL with FilmIndie Cinema: July 6th

Join FilmIndie Cinema and The City Reliquary for Summer of Skate – an outdoor summer screening series featuring films and documentaries that celebrate the roller disco movement.

On Friday, July 6th, we’ll be taking it down to the A with a screening of the classic 2006 coming-of-age film, ATL. The film follows four friends as they navigate challenges and prepare for life after high school. All of their experiences come full circle at their local rollerskating rink, Cascade.

Doors open at 7pm, the film starts at 8pm. Tickets are $10 andinclude admission to the Empire Skate exhibit. Alcohol and movie snacks will be available for purchase. 21+

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About Summer of Skate: 
Summer of Skate is part of the museum’s current exhibit, Empire Skate: The Birthplace of Roller Disco. The exhibit explores the history of the legendary Brooklyn skate venue, Empire Rollerdome, and the birth of the roller disco movement. The Summer of Skate film series takes place the second Friday of the month, June through September.

Empire Skate Night: July 14th

Tickets: $15 general / $10 for Members of The City Reliquary

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On Saturday, July 14th, in conjunction with the museum’s special exhibit, Empire Skate: The Birthplace of Roller Disco, Brooklyn’s world famous Empire Rollerdrome is brought to life for one night only. Against the backdrop of Williamsburg’s famed Giglio Feast, The City Reliquary presents a pop up roller disco in the gymnasium of Our Lady of Mount Carmel.

In a rare New York appearance, Bill Butler will bring magic to the floor. Widely known as the “Godfather of Roller Disco”, Bill Butler is a living legend of roller skating. He revolutionized roller skating in New York, shaped its development as a sport and art-form across the country, and continues to inspire and train skaters today from his home near Atlanta, Georgia.

DJ Big Bob, one of Empire’s regular DJs for more than twenty years, will be spinning the classic skate sounds of disco, early R&B, club music, hip hop, and funk. DJ Dirtyfinger will introduce the night with a special blend of grooves ready for the rink.

Skate rentals in all adult sizes will be available for $10 courtesy of The RollerWave NYC, an organization created to introduce a younger generation to skate culture through pop-up roller skating experiences.

Empire closed its doors in 2007 after more than sixty years of skating. The “miracle maple” may be gone, but Empire’s legacy lives on in the people who come together, lace up their skates, and keep rolling.

Summer of Skate Film Series: Roll Bounce featuring Bill Butler: July 13th

In support of our current exhibit, Empire Skate: The Birthplace of Roller Disco, the City Reliquary presents Summer of Skate, a series of roller skate feature films and documentaries that will be screened in the museum’s garden the second Friday of the month, June through September.
July’s screening is Roll Bounce, a feature film starring Bow Wow as the leader of a roller skating crew in 1970s Chicago.

Introducing the film is legendary skater Bill Butler, widely known as “The Godfather of Roller Disco”. During the filming of Roll Bounce, Bill was the Skate Director and an integral part of the film’s choreography.

Doors at 7, film starts at 8. Come early to see Roll Bounce memorabilia on display in the Reliquary’s “Empire Skate” exhibit!

 

Tickets are $10 general, $5 for members of The City Reliquary

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theSoundshop Solstice: Free Music Event: June 21st

In collaboration with theSoundshop and Make Music New York, we invite you to join us for a relaxing evening of music in the City Reliquary’s garden for a FREE start-of-summer soiree!

theSoundshop is a music salon spanning all aspects of music and sound. This evening features five musicians, each showcasing a work-in-progress related to the theme of summer. Soundshop events are for musicians and non-musicians alike, combining performance, storytelling, and discussion.

Make Music New York is a festival that brings together over 1000 free music events all around NYC on the first day of summer. In this spirit, we are making this special event FREE and open to the public. We still ask that you take a moment to RSVP on Facebook as well as Eventbrite to give us a sense of attendance from the community.

After the event, we invite you to stick around as we head to a nearby bar. Details TBA.

Summer of Skate Film Series: Xanadu featuring Judy Lynn: June 8th

Friday, June 8th
Doors at 7 pm, film at 8 pm
Tickets are $10 general, $5 for members of The City Reliquary

In support of our current exhibit, Empire Skate: The Birthplace of Roller Disco, the City Reliquary presents Summer of Skate, a series of roller skate feature films and documentaries that will be screened in the museum’s garden the second Friday of the month, June through September.

The summer kicks of with Xanadu, everyone’s favorite love-to-hate romantic musical fantasy film starring Olivia Newton John, Gene Kelly, and Michael Beck.

Introducing the film is Judy Lynn, Goodskates Founder who served as creative consultant in the film’s skating sequences, and who’s own story is more intrinsically linked to the plot than we realize!

Tickets are $10 general, $5 for members of The City Reliquary

North Williamsburgh Walking Tour with Adrienne Onofri: June 2nd

Saturday, June 2, 12pm to 2 pm

$15 general / $10 for members

Join us for a neighborhood walking tour of North Williamsburgh and the streets surrounding the City Reliquary.

Known as one of New York’s hippest neighborhoods, Williamsburgh harbors a rich cultural history. June 2nd will mark an opportunity to familiarize yourself with Williamsburgh’s origins (including the original with-an-H spelling!), its prominent buildings, and gentrification shifts.

The tour will be conducted by Adrienne Onofri, a specialist in travel and culture. Adrienne is the author of Walking Queens and Walking Brooklyn. Copies of Walking Brooklyn will be available for purchase following the tour and and attendees will be invited to visit the Reliquary’s permanent collection and new exhibit, Empire Skate: The Birthplace of Roller Disco.

April 7-29: NYC Trash!: Past, Present, & Future Sculpture Garden

 

NYC Trash! Past, Present, & Future Sculpture Garden
April 7-29, 2018
Opening Reception Saturday, April 7th, from 12-3PM
Admission: $7 general/$5 members

The City Reliquary’s sculpture exhibition — in conjunction with the museum’s current exhibit, NYC Trash!: Past, Present, & Future — presents the work of ten local trash artists whose works will be on display in the Reliquary’s backyard garden. The opening reception will be on Saturday, April 7th, at 12pm.

The spirit of NYC Trash! reinforces the notion that trash can and should be reused. The sculptures on display are site-specific and fabricated from refuse and found objects.

Through the use of trash as art, NYC Trash!: Past, Present, & Future Sculpture Garden highlights the need for continued conversation about our waste problem — especially in a metropolis like New York City — and allows visitors to look at trash as more than ephemera.

During the April 7th opening, the Wildlife Conservation Corps (WCC) will screen 2 Lost Soles, a film about the urgency of conservation, and poet Jacqueline Ottman will read from her book “If Trash Could Talk.”

Artists include Bernard Klevickas (sculptures made from salvaged bicycle parts); Niki Lederer (colorful repurposed plastic turned into hanging pieces); Barbara Lubliner (Plastic Bottle Succulent Garden); Jeffrey Allen Price (making site-specific sculptures out of the by-products of art and life); Claudia Sbrissa (artwork inspired by landscapes); Tyrome Tripoli (sculpture representative of life journey and discovery); and Debbie Ullman (an urban intervention aimed at stimulating community engagement and interaction). An official DSNY garbage truck will be parked outside the museum to allow the public to get up close and personal with New York’s trash removal devices.

April 28: Tour of Dead Horse Bay (Member Exclusive)

Tour of Dead Horse Bay, Brooklyn
April 28, 2018, 11am–3pm
Admission (Members only) $25
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As a final event in conjunction with NYC Trash! Past, Present, and Future, the City Reliquary will be hosting a Member-Exclusive tour of Brooklyn’s Dead Horse Bay. Once a horse-rendering plant (hence it’s name) and, later, used as a New York landfill, the Bay offers a rich natural and cultural history. The detritus of generations can be found on its shores where, unlike most other places in New York, layers of the past are not erased.

Tour size will be limited to 22 people. Buy your tickets now!


Speaker:

Robin Nagle—author of Picking Up, anthropologist-in-residence for New York City’s Department of Sanitation, and professor of anthropology and environmental studies at New York University—will discuss the history of Dead Horse Bay and its significance in New York’s trash history.


Schedule:

11am: Meet at The City Reliquary; the museum will open one hour early so that tour attendees will be able to experience the NYC Trash! exhibit before it closes.

12pm: Passenger van to Dead Horse Bay.

1pm: Welcome and talk from Robin Nagle, anthropologist-in-residence for New York City’s Department of Sanitation.

1:45pm: Low tide. Attendees are invited to explore Dead Horse Bay on their own.

2:30pm: Passenger van back to the City Reliquary; return by 3pm.

This is a member-exclusive event. Become a member today to attend this event, and other great programming.

Collectors’ Night 2018

Collectors’ Night 2018
New York City Fire Museum, 278 Spring St., New York, NY 10013
Online admission: $10 general/$7 Reliquary and Fire Museum members
Door admission: $13 general/$10 Reliquary and Fire Museum members
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The City Reliquary will be hosting its 13th annual Collectors’ Night on Saturday, April 14th, 2018,6pm-8pm, at the New York City Fire Museum. Join us in celebrating curious collections, displays, and ephemera!

Each year, collectors and archivists — whose acquisitions run the gamut, from loose groupings to the hyper-specific–showcase their treasures to the public and participate in rapid-fire show-n-tells. This is an opportunity to get up close with collective labors of love.

Special guest speakers will focus on municipal collections of New York City and feature:

Brian Kelley’s NYCTA project, which began as a simple collection of MetroCards taken from the ground and has since expanded to encompass Transit Authority materials, patches, pamphlets, pins, tickets, tokens, limited-edition MetroCards, and more.

Nelson Molina, a retired DSNY worker, will present on his Treasures in the Trash collection.

And a special presentation from Amanda Pietrzykowski, Collections Manager and Curator of the New York City Fire Museum, detailing the history and cultural heritage of the fire service of New York.

 

This year’s collections include:

  • Coca-Cola ephemera (David Argov)
  • Earthrise Museum (Ben Sisto)
  • Museum of Interesting Things (Denny Daniel)
  • Squished pennies (Suzie Sims-Fletcher)
  • Found ID cards and corroding bottle caps (Harley Spiller)
  • Archival 16mm cartoons (Tommy Stathes)
  • Antique china, glass, bottles, and seaglass (Emily Kawasaki)
  • Chicago gang business cards from the 1960s-1990s(Brandon Johnson)
  • Collection of frog-related items (Dianna Maeurer)
  • Photo postcards from World War I (Chris Engel)
  • Shea Stadium ephemera (Jason Antos)
  • Labels and sign letters/numbers (Gail Mitchell)
  • The Wallet of Ronda J Smith – a collection of personal cards / credit cards / driver’s licenses (Ronda Smith)
  • Items created by a number of companies and entities that share that collector’s namesake (Glen Eden Einbinder)
  • Henry & Jay’s Collection Agency (Jason and Henry McLean)
  • “The Operative Owl”: a collection of primarily antique owls that function (Lesley Doyel)
  • Eiffel Tower collection (LuLu LoLo)
  • Retired NYC street furniture (Steven Gembara)
  • Polar bear collection (Olive Scanga)
  • Spider Gwen collection (Gwen Rosenstien)
  • Rescue Bot collection (Terry Haden)
  • Geological collection (Rosie Herman)
  • Sea life (Opal Herman)
  • PETROLIANA – vintage items related to gas stations and the oil business (Kevin McGeary)
  • Potato Tomes – Books with “Potato” in the Title from all around the world (Jeffrey Allen Price)
  • Behind the Make Up – The Soulfulness of Clowns: A collection of clown portraits showing their private pensive moments (Georgine and Bill Eberight)

Pizza and been generously provided by Two Boots Pizza and Brooklyn Brewery.

March 5-31: Closet Archaeology + Opening Reception

Closet Archaeology—an Accidental Time Capsule: Monday, March 5-Saturday, March 31

Ace Hotel New York
20 W. 29th St.
New York, NY 10001

A reception for the exhibition will be held on Thursday March 8 from 6-8p.

During the winter of 2015, an East Village fourth grader attending Children’s Workshop School peered into the dusty crevices beneath his classroom’s closet floorboards. He wondered what treasures might have fallen there in the 104 years since the building was constructed. His classmates took notice and joined in, poking and peeking under the boards.

Through this “closet archaeology,” an accidental time capsule —built over a century by generations of students— was excavated for the world to see. Led by their teacher, Miriam Sicherman, these junior archaeologists have unearthed love notes, spelling tests, caps from glass milk bottles, portraits of silent film stars, penny candy wrappers and more. They have evenlocated the former students, now adults, who lost these items across the decades.

The collection was first exhibited in 2017 at The City Reliquary, a not-for-profit museum and civic organization located at 370 Metropolitan Avenue in Williamsburgh, Brooklyn. Through permanent displays of New York City artifacts, rotating exhibits, and annual cultural events, The City Reliquary connects visitors to both the past and present of New York.

Closet Archaeology will be on display from March 5-31.