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A Personal Appeal from our Founder, Dave Herman

Saturday, January 23rd, 2010

Dear friends and supporters,

With great excitement we have just opened a new 3-month long exhibition at the City Reliquary Museum called, “Company Journals of the Southside Firehouse” curated by Firefighter Pat D’Emic of Hook & Ladder Company 104 here in Williamsburgh. This show uses the daily log book entries of our local FDNY firehouse to explain a rich history of the fire service in north Brooklyn. Beautifully handwritten entries, dating back to 1903, detail notorious fires such as the American Sugar Refinery Fire (now known as the Domino Sugar Factory), and the infamous Standard Oil Company Fire where a Chief of the 35 Battalion in Williamsburgh made the supreme sacrifice. We have also unveiled a new Community Collections window featuring the Unicorn Collection of Amanda B. Friedman which will be on display through March.

However, it is with deep regret that we must also announce that these openings may very well mark a final chapter for the City Reliquary Museum.

As many of you know, since its conception in 2002, exhibits like these at the City Reliquary have been made possible through the grass-roots efforts and fundraising of our all-volunteer staff. We have held many benefit events, membership campaigns, and even the occasional bake sale. You may also have heard of two generous grants amounting to $33,000 in 2008 and 2009 which, to this date, we still have been unable to collect. All of these ongoing efforts have left us limping in a sense, from one month to the next, struggling to keep up with the increasing demands of a non-profit storefront museum; a monthly rent of $2,500, ever-mounting bills to cover electricity, phone/internet, insurance, and more. For the four years since opening our public museum, we have managed to tread water just enough to pay the rent from one month to the next. However, we have finally come to the point when this is no longer possible.

We believe we can achieve the level of support we need to truly turn this operation into the flourishing and self-supporting museum it deserves to be. To do this, we have determined that we need to raise $60,000 during the 2010 year. To make sure this is at all possible, we have set a preliminary goal of $20,000 by March 31st in order to keep the museum open.

You can help! So can your roommates, moms, dads, school children, and grandparents! Donating is easy: click on “DONATE NOW!” for an easy Google Check-Out one-step process.

This is a scary yet decisive turning point when we must either increase our capacity to properly sustain the museum, or perhaps more realistically, close our doors for good. To assure that the continued support of our loyal volunteers and donors does not go unanswered, our first goal came as more of a realization. The realization that we volunteers alone, can no longer live up to the demands of our growing museum without the assistance of a professional, paid museum administrator. At a time when raising the monthly rent has become increasingly difficult, this may seem rather overzealous. But in fact, one cannot be achieved with out the other. Our most immediate goal of $20,000 is one that will help us assure that we can afford a new part-time salaried position.

In addition, we have a number of exciting events planned for the coming months. Our new neighbors, The Knitting Factory, have pledged to host two fundraising events to help support us:

Thursday, February 18th 2010 – FIRE SALE: NYC Firefighter Date Auction, Doors 6:00 PM / Show 7:30 PM, Tickets are $20 and available at the door or on the Knitting Factory website: http://bk.knittingfactory.com/

Wednesday, March 17th 2010 – St. Patrick’s Day Benefit Concert for the City Reliquary, Doors 6:00PM/Show 7:30 PM, Tickets are $20, Bands will include: Drink Me, Brian Dewan, Tiagaa!, Frankenpine, Lucky Chops Brass Band and more.

Here are more ways that YOU can help: Attend our awesome events!, share our calendar of benefit-events with friends, sign up to volunteer, monitor our progress toward our goals, and most importantly become a member or renew your expired membership by making a donation today

The City Reliquary is truly a museum “For-the-People, Not-for-Profit”. As an official 501c3 registered charity, all donations are tax-deductible and directly support our educational programs. As it says on our door, we are “Your Community Museum” and we truly need YOUR help to survive. THERE IS STILL HOPE! Thank you for taking a moment to consider the importance the City Reliquary plays in your life and how beneficial your support is to our existence at this critical turning point.

Always civic,
Dave Herman
President
City Reliquary
Museum & Civic Organization

The Brooklyn Play

Wednesday, October 14th, 2009

Part of The City Reliquary’s Third Thursday monthly get-together.
Thursday, October 15th — 7 PM – TOMORROW!

$5 Donations gratefully appreciated
Created by Chloë Bass, Drayton Hiers, Jonah Levy, Natalya Krimgold, & Gabriel Willow
Technical Direction by Lee Mandell

An interactive, multimedia answer to the complicated question “What is Brooklyn? How can it be represented on stage, in an hour or less?”

5/16 The Candela Structures: A New York City History Mystery Opens

Thursday, April 23rd, 2009

postcard.jpg.jpeg Have you seen these prefab structures? Aren’t they cool? They’re located on the Flushing Bay Promenade in Queens, a few hundred yards from the Mets’ new stadium. Millions of people have seen them over the past 45 years, but almost nobody knows anything about them.
The Candela Structures: A New York City History Mystery, a new exhibition at the City Reliquary, tells the story of these underappreciated fiberglass formations and the surprising culture of mystery and misinformation surrounding them, from their origins as exhibit spaces during the 1964 World’s Fair to their current status as neglected but enduring landmarks on the Queens waterfront.
The exhibit has been produced by journalist Paul Lukas and architect Kirsten Hively, who developed a crush on the Candela Structures last year and decided to investigate their backstory. What began as a quick research project turned into an eight-month odyssey of dead ends, wrong turns, and architectural obsession. The resulting exhibit should give these underrated structures the attention they’ve long deserved.
The exhibit will kick off with an opening reception on May 16th, 7pm, at the City Reliquary. Arts and crafts materials will be provided, so guests can sculpt their own Candela Structures, and the Reliquary will also provide “Save the Candelas” letters and envelopes, so guests can petition city officials to provide the Candelas with sorely needed repairs. Beer and other refreshments will be provided, and DJ Stacher will kick out the jams with mid-1960s pop-garage, psychedelia and Shea Stadium live concert hits.
The Candela Structures: A New York City History Mystery will remain on view at the Reliquary through June 28th.

5/9 5th Annual Bicycle Fetish Day

Thursday, April 23rd, 2009

Saturday May 9th, 12noon

Photos from Museum2Museum Bike Ride: From the City Reliquary to the QMA!

Thursday, April 23rd, 2009

Sunday April 26th
Check out the photos of our awesome ride!!
Join the most civic cyclists in town for a fun, free and leisurely bicycle ride from Museum2Museum

5/16 Dead Horse Bay Bike Ride

Thursday, April 23rd, 2009

Saturday May 16th 1:30 – 5pm
Meet at 1:30pm, leave 2pm, return 6pm.
Join the most civic cyclists in town for a fun, free, leisurely and historical bicycle ride from North to South Brooklyn and back. Travel along America’s first urban bicycle lane, traverse various “deep Brooklyn ‘hoods” and end at Dead Horse Bay, aka Bottle Beach. After a rest, we’ll return the way we came. End at the City Reliquary for the official opening of the Candela Structures: A New York City History Mystery! Total miles: 21.

6/6 Civic Bike Ride to the LIC Bike Parade Celebrating the 100th Anniversary of the Queensboro Bridge!

Thursday, April 23rd, 2009

Saturday June 6th, 1145 – 3pm
Meet at 11:45am, depart at 12noon. Arrive at Queensboro bridge at 12:45pm, depart at 1pm, Arrive at Socrates Sculpture Park at 2pm.
Join the most civic cyclists in town for a celebratory bike ride over the best bridge to Queens. From the City Reliquary we will head to the Queensboro bridge via Manhattan. As we ride across the Queensboro Bridge we’ll also learn its history, then continue to the Socrates Sculpture Park. Upon arriving we’ll kickstart the 2nd Annual LIC Bike Parade at 2. Total miles: 8

Over Spilt Milk Ending on May 10th

Monday, March 9th, 2009

Over Spilt Milk: The Fight for Fair Price and Fair Profit in Depression Era New York.

January 30th – May 3rd 2009

Consumer-Farmer Milk Cooperative pamphlets and broadsides, vintage milk cartons, and miniature dioramas on display.

The show will feature documents and artifacts from the 1930s, when immigrant Meyer Parodneck and a handful of anti-poverty activists founded the Consumer-Farmer Milk Cooperative to ensure farmers received a fair price, and consumers paid a fair price, for milk. The Co-op played a pivotal role opening the market controlled by milk distribution giants. With their own processing plants and distribution stations, the Consumer-Farmer Co-op sold milk to consumers at the lowest possible price, and paid farmers the highest possible return, for nearly fifty years. Overcoming a mountain of obstacles, this organization made a difference to hundreds of struggling farmers and to the children of low-income New Yorkers.

The exhibition includes period Co-op newsletters and advertising campaigns, vintage paper milk containers, and cooperative movement propaganda. Pivotal moments in the Co-op’s story are illustrated with miniature dioramas.

2/27 BROTHER CAN YOU SPARE SOME RENT?

Friday, February 20th, 2009

Modern Day Depression-Era Fundraiser!
Friday February 27th 7-11pm

Times are tough all around

7/31 First Ever Summer Benefit Party

Sunday, July 13th, 2008

Announcing the City Reliquary’s first Summer Benefit Party!
We hope you will join us for this delightful evening benefiting everyone’s
favorite community museum on July 31 at 7:00pm.
Please email cityreliquary@gmail.com to reserve your tickets
as soon as possible! Tickets are $50 (civic level) or $100
(metropolitan level — includes a Reliquary membership!).
In addition to enjoying drinks, snacks, and music while exploring the
Reliquary and its grounds, the evening will include a silent auction
featuring swag from Crest Hardware and Transportation Alternatives, a
personalized NYC tour from The Levy’s Unique New York!, original
artwork, and more. We’ll also offer you the once-in-a-lifetime
opportunity to “Win-a-Date with a Reliquarian.”
You can pay for your tickets by mailing a check to the Reliquary at PO
BOX 110948, Brooklyn, NY 11211 or by cash or check night-of the party.
Thanks for your support and see you on July 31!