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A Seltzer Works Tour – Saturday, December 15!

In the 1920s and 30s, Brooklyn was home to more than 100 seltzer bottlers and distributors. Customers seeking the digestive health benefits of filtered, carbonated New York City water could get it delivered to their homes in hand-blown glass bottles. The City Reliquary’s permanent collection includes a number of these vintage bottles, etched with logos from companies based throughout the borough – from A&M to Windy’s, Simon Finkelstein to Standard Carbonic.

We’re bringing our seltzer bottle collection to life with a special tour of the last seltzer bottler in Brooklyn – Gomberg Seltzer Works in Canarsie,, a.k.a. the Brooklyn Seltzer Boys. They do it all the old-fashioned way, from carbonation and filling each bottle by

hand, to home delivery of vintage siphon bottles in wooden crates. Attendees will learn how seltzer is made and about the delivery business past and present, concluding with a taste of Brooklyn’s iconic seltzer-based treat, the egg cream. (Made with Brooklyn’s own Fox’s syrup, naturally!)

Our 11 a.m. seltzer works tour is now SOLD OUT! But we’ve just added a second tour on December 15, 2018, at 12:30 p.m. Tickets are available now for our second tour!  Space is very limited, so don’t wait to sign up! City Reliquary Members receive discounts on all our tours and events. Join today for special access to tours inspired by the Museum’s permanent collection of artifacts throughout 2019!

The Witching Hour Approaches!

On Saturday, October 20, the City Reliquary hosts the Witching Hour, a night of live music, theater, film, ritual, puppetry, and more! The performing coven includes: art-folk band Cookie Tongue, opera singer and violinist Tribal Baroque, transspecies drag striptease by Nadahada, Musically Advanced Kinetic Systems (MAKS), experimental film by Jess Lynch, puppetry by Heaven Limousine, theater by Half Ghost Human Collective, tarot readings, and much more. You’ll want to experience the Witching Hour for yourself.

October 20 at the City Reliquary – 7-10 p.m. – $10 tickets available here

City Reliquary Presents: Empire Skate Night at Hyde Park

Advance Tickets Available – Click Here!

Advance Tickets Available – Click Here!

A Very Special Event!

10:30 pm Saturday, November 3 to 3 am Sunday, November 4

 

The City Reliquary Museum’s popular current exhibition, Empire Skate: The Birthplace of Roller Disco, is extending its time on the floor! Empire Skate will be on view at the Reliquary through November 25, 2018. To celebrate this extended run, and in homage to Empire’s legendary roller disco parties, the Reliquary has organized a late-night skate at Hyde Park Roller Magic. Join us at 10:30 pm on Saturday, November 3 for a sneak preview of the skating documentary United Skates followed by skating til the early morning hours.

 

United Skates, a 2018 Tribeca Film Festival Audience Award winner, reveals close-knit skating communities across the country and their fights to save local rinks from closure and to preserve these hubs of African-American culture. Co-director Tina Brown and documentary participant Reggie Brown will screen clips and discuss the film. Then, Empire legends DJ Big Bob – a keystone of the Empire sound for almost 2 decades – and DJ Q spin soul, disco, and R&B to get the Brooklyn bounce going!

 

Advance tickets are on sale now for $25 ($22 for Reliquary members) and include round-trip bus transportation from Brooklyn to Hyde Park Roller Magic. The bus will depart at 8:00 p.m. from the City Reliquary, 370 Metropolitan Avenue, Williamsburg. Hyde Park Roller Magic is located at 4178 Albany Post Rd. in Hyde Park. Tickets without transportation are $15 ($12 for Reliquary members). Deadline for purchase of tickets with transportation included is October 31.

 

Empire Skate: The Birthplace of Roller Disco brings the world of the Crown Heights Empire Roller Skating Center to life, exploring its role as a national icon and a focal point of the African-American community in Brooklyn. Converted from the old Ebbets Field parking garage, Empire was famous as the birthplace of roller disco, a skate craze that swept the nation in the 70s and 80s. Locally it was known as a place where New Yorkers of all ages and backgrounds could come together; where grandparents showed grandchildren their favorite moves, and former gang members and Hasidic Jews skated side by side. Through the examined histories of and around Empire, the show reveals connections between roller skating and larger narratives of race, class, and urbanization in America. Beyond the roller disco movement, the exhibit traces the history of roller skating in the United States, highlighting the diversity of rinks around the country and the unique history of skating in New York City, which was home to over 20 rinks at its skating peak.

Join Us on the Southside!

Join us this Saturday, October 6, at 1:00 p.m. for a walking tour of South Williamsburg! Our guide will be Adrienne Onofri, author of Walking Brooklyn.

Highlights of the route include places associated with significant eras in Williamsburg’s history and its industrial and brewing heritage, as well as landmark civic, commercial, and religious buildings. The tour will last approximately two hours and end off-site, near the Williamsburg Bridge.

Summer of Skate: 8 Wheels & Some Soul Brotha Music: August 10th

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

August’s film is Tyrone Dixon’s premiere documentary: 8 Wheels & Some Soul Brotha Music, which travels to roller rinks across the country to present urban voices of roller skating in the USA. Run time 1 hour 14 minutes.

Summer of Skate films highlight documentaries and feature films related to roller skating culture. They also provide late-night access to the City Reliquary’s special exhibit, Empire Skate: The Birthplace of Roller Disco.

 

The screening is FREE with regular museum entry. Drinks from our generous sponsors at Brooklyn Brewery will be available by donation.

Doors are at 7. Films are screened at 8 pm. The museum will remain open until 10 pm. 

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.

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.

Community Collections: The Rock Collection Collection

Now On View:
Rock Collection Collection
April 6, 2018 – April 29, 2018

The City Reliquary proudly presents the Community Collections display of Ben Sisto’s Rock Collection Collection. Sisto’s collection began around 1988 when his parents gave him his first set from a spot in New England. He was largely unaware of how many of these kits had been produced by hobbyists, educators, state departments and so on. Around 2016 he was gifted a second box which prompted him research and grow his collection further, which is currently at 45 rock collections. They are prized for their homemade/DIY aesthetic.

Empire Skate: The Birthplace of Roller Disco

Now on view through November 25!

 

Empire Skate: The Birthplace of Roller Disco brings the world of Crown Heights’ Empire Roller Skating Center to life, exploring its role as a national icon and a focal point of the African-American community in Brooklyn.

Empire was a landmark in Brooklyn from the time it opened its floors in 1941 to its closing day in 2007. Converted from the old Ebbets Field parking garage, Empire was famous as the birthplace of roller disco, a skate craze that swept the nation in the 70s and 80s. Locally it was known as a place where New Yorkers of all ages and backgrounds could come together; where grandparents showed grandchildren their favorite moves, and former gang members and Hasidic Jews skated side by side.

Empire Skate: The Birthplace of Roller Disco brings the world of Empire to life, exploring its role as a cultural icon and a community hub. Artifacts, archival materials, video, and first-hand interviews, come together to share the stories of the people who skated at Empire during the 70s and 80s and will immerse visitors in the sights and sounds of the rink.

Through the examined histories of and around Empire, connections between roller skating and larger narratives of race, class, and urbanization in America are uncovered. Beyond the roller disco movement, the exhibit traces the history of roller skating in the United States, highlighting the diversity of rinks around the country and the unique history of skating in New York City, which was home to over 20 rinks at its skating peak.
In conjunction with this exhibit, 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. Film titles and special guests will be announced during the May 19th exhibit opening.

 

This exhibition is generously sponsored by:

Five Stride Skate Shop

Tom Tom Magazine

Hyde Park Roller Magic

Triple 8 NYC