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Miss Subways 2018: September 27th!

We’re Looking For Miss Subways 2018!

 

On Thursday, September 27 at 7 PM, the 2018 Miss Subways Pageant returns at Littlefield, 635 Sackett Street in Brooklyn. You might recall that last year we revived this quaint but outdated spectacle and gave it a modern spin. We had so much fun that we’re making it an annual event!

With a wink and a nod to the Miss Subways pageants held in NYC between 1941 and 1976, this event is a call to arms for advocates and lovers of the NYC underground. It’s been another roller coaster year for the NYC subway.  Some good – Fair Fares! and the “Fast Forward” modernization plan – but as we all know: the subway is still a mess, the fixes still need funding, and we have to keep up the pressure.

In a night of performances spanning the classy, the trashy, the weird, and the whimsical, contestants will demonstrate their devotion to their subway line of choice. But only one will take home the transit tiara!

 

Tickets are on sale now. $20 general admission, $15 for museum members. All proceeds benefit The City Reliquary and the Riders Alliance.

 

Are YOU this year’s Miss Subways?

We’re looking for contestants who believe they should be the ambassador for the subway in its time of crisis. Despite the potentially “miss”-leading title, we welcome contestants of all gender identities. The deadline to enter is September 7th at 11:59 PM. We will notify all finalists by September 14th..

TO ENTER: Send the following to to miss-subways@cityreliquary.org:

1) a short essay telling us why you want to be Miss Subways 2018, what your favorite subway line is, and why it inspires/enrages/enchants you

2) a detailed description of your proposed performance. Show your love for our subterranean system through song, dance, poetry, or any other talent: Rubik’s cube solving, hula hooping, speed knitting, playing the sousaphone…surprise us!

3) a photo and/or short video (>3 minutes)

 

Competition will be fierce! The more compelling your application, the greater the chance of being selected to be a final contestant!

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

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

Empire Skate Opening Reception: May 19th

The City Reliquary Proudly Presents: 
Empire Skate: The Birthplace of Roller Disco
On view May 10, 2018 through October 14, 2018

Opening Reception: May 19th, 6 PM. RSVP on Facebook!

Admission: $5 general ; Free for City Reliquary Members

This new exhibit brings the world of Empire Roller Skating Center to life, exploring its role as a national icon and a focal point of the African American community in Brooklyn. 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, revealing the true origins of a world-wide cultural phenomenon.

Beverages generously sponsored by Brooklyn Brewery.

Community Collections: The Coca-Cola Ephemera of David Argov

The Coca-Cola Ephemera of David Argov
July 13, 2017-April 6, 2018

The City Reliquary was proud to present the Community Collections display of Coca-Cola ephemera from David Argov. David started collecting Coca-Cola ephemera in 2006 while on his first trip to Europe. His collection features objects ranging from bottles to wristwatches and that come from Israel, Thailand, London, and multiple cities in the US. The global reach of the iconic Coke branding struck David as an eloquent representation of the close relationship between Americana and capitalism.

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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.