NY1 at CR for Sonic City!

Roger Clark interviews Ric McCurdy at The City Reliquary

Roger Clark interviews Ric McCurdy at The City Reliquary

Today we welcomed Roger Clark and the NY1 team for morning segments about Sonic City! Roger Sadowsky and Lisa Hahn, luthiers (and in Roger’s case, Founder) from Sadowsky Guitars, were in the house. Ric McCurdy, master luthier and founder of McCurdy Guitars, was here, too!

Check out the clip from NY1!

Open House NY Field Guide: N. BK @ The City Reliquary!


We were honored to be part of Open House New York’s Field Guide: North Brooklyn yesterday! Just one day after our wildly successful Collector’s Night, nearly 100 guests visited the Reliquary to view our collections, play some of the instruments in Sonic City, and soak up the sun in our gorgeous back yard!

Check out these fantastic pics of the day from OHNY photog Yi-Ching Lin!

Our New Membership Program is Live!

We are very excited and proud to present our new membership program! If you’ve visited us and loved the experience, this is your chance to take our relationship to the next level. Members can enjoy benefits such as:

  • FREE museum admission
  • Unique City Reliquary-branded swag
  • Discounts on admission to select annual public events
  • Invitations to exclusive members-only events
  • and much more!

The official kick-off for our new membership program will take place at this year’s Panorama Challenge at the Queens Museum, Friday, March 4.

Missed Pano Challenge? Purchase a membership through!

Membership benefits and levels are as follows:

  • Civic Individual ($25): Free annual museum admission for 1; 15% discount on gift shop items; City Reliquary embroidered patch; exhibition sneak previews
  • Civic Dual ($40): Free annual museum admission for 2; 15% discount on gift shop items; 2 City Reliquary embroidered patches; exhibition sneak previews
  • Civic Family ($60): Free annual museum admission for 4; 15% discount on gift shop items; 4 City Reliquary embroidered patches; exhibition sneak previews
  • Havemeyer ($250): All benefits of Civic Family plus: 1 City Reliquary gift bag; invitation to Founders’ Luncheon
  • Metropolitan ($500): All benefits of Havemeyer PLUS: 1 additional City Reliquary gift bag; invitation to Founders’ Luncheon AND invitation to Founders’ Retreat

Questions? Contact us at 718.R.U.CIVIC (782-4842) or

Artnet coverage for Visionary Streetscapes

Our latest exhibition, Visionary Streetscapes, just got some attention from Artnet!

Bedford + Bowery Collector’s Night video coverage!

A reporter for Bedford + Bowery stopped by Collector’s Night to talk with a few of our collectors. Check out this short video to hear City Reliquary founder Dave Herman talk about the concept behind this annual event and to see some highlights from the evening!

Our Shea Display Is In The News!!


Amazin’! Both Curbed and Artnet have published pieces on our current display of Shea Stadium objects from The Rashbaum Collection! Be sure to check it out before it closes on Nov. 29!

Shea Stadium Memorabilia from The Rashbaum Collection


On view from October 8 to November 29, 2015

The objects and images in this front-room display at The City Reliquary offer a tangible history of the New York Mets and of Shea Stadium, the team’s former home from 1964 until its demolition in 2008. Shea was also home to the New York Jets until 1983 and hosted major events such as the first major stadium concert–The Beatles in 1965–and Pope John Paul II during his visit to the US in 1979.

Shea Stadium was the site of the Mets’ World Series wins in 1969 and 1986, but the fragments displayed here radiate the energy of every past victory and defeat that unfolded under the eyes of loyal fans. Items such as the home bullpen bench or a base from the last season played at Shea—still showing dust from the field—serve as relics and repositories of memory for this bygone location. They are especially poignant at this moment in Mets history, as the team continues to move ever closer to the 2015 World Series.

Be sure to join us for our Halloween party/World Series game 4 screening!


Located at 370 Metropolitan Avenue in Williamsburgh, Brooklyn, The City Reliquary Museum & Civic Organization is a certified 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization committed to serving the people of New York City—natives, newcomers, and passersby. Originally established as a window display in 2002 at the corner of Grand and Havemeyer Streets, it moved into its present location in 2006. The Reliquary is committed to planning and hosting public events that provide neighbors and visitors with a place to meet, exchange ideas, and celebrate the diversity of our community.

Museum Hours: Thursday through Sunday, 12pm – 6pm. Admission: $5/ $4 for students and educators. For general information, please visit the Museum’s website, call 718-R-U-CIVIC, or email

BK Magazine write-up for Mazel Tough!



Check out the coverage we got for Mazel Tough in Brooklyn Magazine!

Bike Fetish Day in BK Paper!!


The Brooklyn Paper came to BFD and has great things to say!

Greetings From The City of New York

A New Show in the Back Room Of the City Reliquary!
February 15th – April 28th 2013

Opening Reception Friday Feb 15th
6-9pm, FREE! Donation appreciated.
At the City Reliquary, 370 Metropolitan Avenue
Brooklyn Beer Available for donation

Wish you were here? You dont have to wish, you can simply stroll into the back-room of Brooklyn’s Community Museum, the City Reliquary, to envision a picturesque time-gone-by! Starting Friday, February 15th, we are proud to present a plethora of picture postcards from the collection of Lon Black, each one reversing the clock to the turn of the 20th century.

The subject of Greetings From The City of New York is postcards with views of New York City from the Undivided Back Era.

As soon as they were invented, picture postcards became an extraordinarily popular form of communication. They were quickly delivered by an efficient postal service and city dwellers had multiple mail deliveries (up to 9 separate trips per day in Manhattan!) six days a week (never on Sundays.) Without the ubiquity of telephones, postcards were the next best thing.

But there was a bonus benefit to communicating by postcard: the sender would be providing the receipient with a picture that they would cherish and add to their postcard collection. Such a lucky relative or friend would probably display their collection in postcard albums specially designed and manufactured to display these 3-1/2 by 5-1/2 inch cards. It was a picture postcard cottage industry.

In these early postcard years, the USPS wouldn’t deliver any cards with ANY information on the verso side (reserved for the recipient’s info) other than the name and address. Therefore, many messages were craftily composed on the front side (the image side.) Postcard publishers usually left some white space for nascent authors to do this. But these scribbling Dostoyevskys might also write in any light-colored area of the image; in the sky, for instance.

On March 1, 1907, the United States Post Office cut the public some slack and began allowing postcard writers to write on the back. Thus began the Divided Back Era, so named because a vertical line was printed down the center of the verso (back) of each card. So it continues today.

The exhibit is curated by Lon Black whose interest in postcards began in his early teens. All the postcards featured in the exhibit are from his personal collection. He started collecting New York City views after moving here 32 years ago. Always looking for the unusual or rare postcard, his focus was acquiring images he had never seen. But in the past several years, he has paid more attention to the words or pictures that people wrote on the images of the undivided back cards.

Selected for this show are New York City postcards with messages that refer to the picture and/or express a sentiment about the City. Some are humorous. Some are evocative. The marriage of the message and picture can animate the postcards with personality. Some can inspire the imagination and elicit an emotional charge. They are nothing less than a ticket to a time traveling experience.