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Bicycle Fetish Day 2017 Pictures

The rain cleared and it was gorgeous for the 13th Annual Bicycle Fetish Day! Check out a few pics from the day. More shots to come here, and be sure to keep an eye on our Instagram. Thanks to all who came out. See you next year!

The Sea Reliquarians make a splash at the Mermaid Parade!

The Sea Reliquarians blew into Coney Island like a nor’easter. Poseidon, two mini-mermaids, a civic jellyfish, Carrie FISHer, and Lady Liberty herself were part of our group that took the boardwalk with a banner celebrating civic pride.

We’re planning a float for Mermaid Parade 2018. See you on the sand next year!

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July 1: Opening Reception for “The United States: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow”

 

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The United States: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow
June 29 – August 20, 2017
Opening reception: Saturday, July 1 @ 7 PM
Admission: $5


The City Reliquary proudly presents, in partnership with the New York Chapter of the SS United States Conservancy
The United States: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow. This exhibition celebrates the extraordinary career of the luxury liner known as “America’s Flagship” and her relationship with the City of New York. The show will run from June 29th to August 20th, 2017.

The opening event at The City Reliquary on Saturday, July 1 at 7 PM will commemorate the 65th Anniversary of SS United States’ famous record-breaking Maiden Voyage. There will be an 8 PM screening of the film Colossus On The River (1965; Runtime: 15 min.). Beverages available by suggested donation, with beer courtesy of The Brooklyn Brewery and a specialty cocktail courtesy of Montauk Rum.

This show will trace the life of the ship, from young speed queen and popular cover girl to aging star of yesteryear and nearly forgotten “has-been,” and finally–with your help–to one of the great comeback stories in U.S. history.


About the SS United States:

SaveTheUnitedStatesCopyright2cropped_72dpi_PStipUpon its completion in 1952, the SS United States immediately won the Blue Riband for setting a new Transatlantic speed record–a record that remains unbeaten.
In her heyday, the ship welcomed celebrities from the golden age of Hollywood, such as Marilyn Monroe, Judy Garland, Mahalia Jackson, Salvador Dalí, Grace Kelly, and Joan Crawford. During the 1964 New York World’s Fair, it was touted as the fastest and most luxurious way to travel to Europe.
With the advent of jet technology, however, overseas travel began to look less exciting and became less profitable. In 1969, the SS United was abruptly withdrawn from service while docked in Newport News, Virginia for annual maintenance. She was moved to South Philadelphia in 1996 where she remains today.

The SS United States Conservancy purchased the ship outright in February 2011. They hope to find a new purpose for the fastest, finest, and largest ocean liner ever to be built in the United States.

Want to get in touch with the SS United States Conservancy’s New York Chapter? Drop them a line at newyork@ssusc.org

June 29: Healix Collective Presents: “What I Want My Words To Do To You”

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Healix Collective is proud to present a summer screening partnership with The City Reliquary. Join us on June 29th at 7 PM for the first installment: a special screening of the documentary What I Want My Words To Do To You (2003) directed by Madeleine Gavin, Judith Katz, and Gary Sunshine.

What I Want My Words To Do To You offers an unprecedented look into the minds and hearts of the women inmates of New York’s Bedford Hills Correctional Facility. The film goes inside a writing workshop led by playwright Eve Ensler and consisting of 15 women, most of whom were convicted of murder. Through a series of exercises and discussions, the women, including former Weather Underground members Kathy Boudin and Judith Clark, delve into and expose their most terrifying realities as they grapple with the nature of their crimes and their own culpability. The film culminates in an emotionally charged prison performance of the women’s writing by acclaimed actors Mary Alice, Glenn Close, Hazelle Goodman, Rosie Perez and Marisa Tomei.

Runtime: 90 minutes. Guest speaker to follow.

$5 – $10 suggested donation | All proceeds support The City Reliquary
Beverages available by donation, with beer courtesy of The Brooklyn Brewery.

Visit healixcollective.com for more!

June 23: Jess Best Album Release Show

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Doors 7:00/Bria Monét 7:30/Jess Best 8:30
Admission: $10

Jess Best is a musical maven, vocalist and exciting new songwriter who tells stories through sound and emotion. Her upcoming album entitled “Saturday,” set for release on June 23, takes her soulful songwriting into infectious new pop territory. The album shimmers with R&B and electronic influences while never overshadowing Jess’s delicate, yet powerful vocals. Follow the process at jessbest.com

Bria Monét offers therapy through music that is relatable in its vulnerability. With a strong focus on dynamics and sensitivity, the 22-year-old’s composition and instrumentation create warm sounds that are dense with harmony. Bria’s music speaks openly and intensely about topics from loss and desire to joy and hope in a way that is unique and deeply empathetic. Through her intimate and inviting performances, audiences can find themselves encouraged and relieved by a reflective listening experience.

June 16: JAPAN Collective presents Chaos

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Friday, June 16
Doors 7 PM/
Show 7:30 PM
Admission: $10

The JAPAN Collective returns to the Reliquary with Chaos, featuring music from Midas, Rocky and the Goldstein, Isaac Namias and Waterlynx, poetry from Nicole Basta, and comedy from Sydnee Washington.

June 24: Bicycle Fetish Day 2017

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This year Bicycle Fetish Day becomes a teenager! We’re gearing up for our 13th annual family-friendly block party for bikes. Meet us on Havemeyer St. between Hope & Grand Streets in Williamsburgh, Brooklyn on Saturday, June 24, from 12 noon to 6 PM. Free and open to the public!  

Join us at our family-friendly event to celebrate NYC diversity and bicycles. Love your Bicycle? Bring your two-wheeled pride and joy and show it off. You could win a trophy, prizes, and a year of bragging rights!

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This year’s street party for two-wheel transportation includes:

  • Classic Bicycles, Mutant Bicycles, Handmade Bicycles, unicycles, vintage BMX, Cargo Bikes, and more from clubs, nerds, & enthusiasts devoted to the bicycle!
  • Badass bike skills on display all day!
  • Music to get you dancing in the street!
  • An Alley Cat/Fun Ride!

and

BIKE COMPETITIONS!

Judging starts at 2 PM. Categories include:

2:00 – Best Commuter Bike
2:30 – Best Vintage Bike
3:00 – Best Small-Wheel Bike
3:30 – Cargo Bike
4:00 – Best Handmade Bike
4:30 – Ugliest Bike
5:00 – Kids Bikes
&
**5:30 – Best In Show**

See you on the street!


About The City Reliquary Museum:

The City Reliquary Museum & Civic Organization preserves the everyday artifacts that connect visitors to the past and present of New York City. It was originally established in 2002 as an apartment window display at the corner of Grand and Havemeyer Streets in Williamsburgh. It relocated to 370 Metropolitan Avenue in 2006. The Reliquary also hosts public events that invite neighbors and visitors to meet, exchange ideas, and celebrate the diversity of our city.

Location: 370 Metropolitan Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11211; Hours: Thursday–Sunday, 12pm–6pm. Admission: $5 general; $4 educators/college students/seniors; Free to employees of all museums foreign & domestic and children 12 & under; Website: cityreliquary.org; Phone: (718) 782-4842; Email: info@cityreliquary.org

June 3: Opening Reception for Closet Archaeology: An Accidental Time Capsule

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Saturday, June 3 @ 2 PM
Admission: $5

In the winter of 2015 in the Children’s Workshop School in the East Village, a Manhattan fourth grader peered into the dusty crevices beneath his classroom 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 him in poking under the boards and pulling out artifacts of everyday life.

Through this “closet archaeology,” the students excavated an accidental time capsule built over a century by the students who had also once sat in their classroom. 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 even found former students, now adults, who remember losing these items. The project was covered in The New York Times. Miriam Sicherman runs the Closet Archaeology Instagram account.

The City Reliquary is proud to present the first formal exhibition of Closet Archaeology after featuring it at Collectors’ Night 2017.

The Opening Reception on Sat., June 3 at 2 PM will include presentations from some of the junior archaeologists from the Children’s Workshop School as well as professional collectors and anthropologists:

Beverages available by suggested donation, with beer courtesy of The Brooklyn Brewery.

See the slideshow below for a selection of objects, and see even more of Miriam’s students’ finds on the Closet Archaeology Instagram.

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May 7: Heroes of the Knish Closing Reception

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Sunday, May 7, 2-5 PM
Admission: $5, available at the door

Join us as we bid farewell to our exhibition, Heroes of the Knish: Making a Living and Making a Life. This show traced the history of the iconic New York City street food from its origins in Eastern Europe to its arrival in the US with Jewish immigrants, to its popularization through early knish makers such as Mrs. Stahl, Mano Hirsch, Ruby the Knishman, and Yonah Schimmel.

The event will celebrate the knish in style, with live music from All That Jazz (Rachel Levine on vocals, Christopher Bandini on guitar) and a curator’s talk from Laura Silver, author of Knish: In Search of the Jewish Soul Food.

We’ll serve an international spread of knishes and knish cousins such as dumplings from Vanessa’s Dumpling House, pierogi from classic Greenpoint spots, and more!

Photo credit: Barbara Pfeffer

May 6: Obscura Day Kickoff Party with NYC Trivia

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Saturday, May 6, 11 AM – 1 PM
Hosted by New York Obscura Society
Admission: $12

The City Reliquary is proud to host the kickoff party for Obscura Day 2017. Awaken your mind with a special morning session celebrating exploration and observation. Enjoy free coffee from Oslo Coffee Roasters and beer and shandy cocktails from The Brooklyn Brewery for a suggested donation from the treehouse bar in our backyard garden.

Test the obscurity of your NYC knowledge with trivia hosted by Atlas Obscura resident quizmaster and staff writer, Eric Grundhauser. New York know-it-alls of all ages are invited (but not required!) to participate. Topics will include the Reliquary collection, everyday New York sights, and the hidden wonders of our city. Trivia begins at 11:30 AM.

Join the Facebook event!

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Tickets available through Eventbrite. Advance Tickets Only. All Sales Final. No Refunds or Exchanges.

QUESTIONS?
Email Larissa Hayden at larissa.hayden@atlasobscura.com