Opening Reception: Which Came First? The Chicken Museum

Wednesday, September 17th, 2014

Sunday, September 21, 2014, 2-5 pm
Featuring: Chicken Tails, storytelling for kids, 3-4 pm, with Micki Spiller

The father-son curatorial team Spiller & Spiller premier “Which Came First? The Chicken Museum” their dually collected and curated exhibition. This presentation of everything chicken includes Omelet King Rudolph Stanish’s custom pan and recipe book; photographs of hand-painted roast chicken signs from Roosevelt Avenue; and a collection of wishbones ranging from the tiny breastbone of a quail to pelican and turkey furcula (Latin for wishbones) This is the first known public exhibition curated by a parent-child team.

Six-year-old Hiro Maddock Spiller inspired “Which Came First? The Chicken Museum” at age 3 when he asked, “Can I go to a chicken museum tomorrow?” That night his father, Harley Judd Spiller, amassed chicken-related items from around their home and installed the considerable selection in their museum cabinet. Hiro has curated “I Am 3” and “Lego Vehicles” and exhibited his art at Wayfarer Gallery in Bushwick, Brooklyn.

About Spiller & Spiller
Harley Spiller met Colonel Sanders in 1968 and stewed wings for William Grimes in 2009. A longtime NYC museum professional, dubbed “collector extraordinaire” by The New York Times, Harley has blogged about sasami (Japanese raw chicken); published essays on chicken culture for magazines Flavor & Fortune and Gastronomica; and written the chapter “Chow Fun City” for Columbia University Press’Gastropolis: Food & New York City. His flavor-intensified Buffalo wing recipe ran in The New York Sun.

Micki Spiller teaches art at Parsons The New School for Design and Pratt Institute and is currently completing an MLS at Queens College. Her sculptural children’s books are in the permanent collections of the Brooklyn and Newark public libraries. She tells fun stories.

Mortimer Spiller sired the family predilection for poultry and collected many of the artifacts on view. “Which Came First? The ChickenMuseum” is presented in his memory.

The City Reliquary is a not-for-profit community museum and civic organization in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Through permanent display of New York City artifacts, rotating exhibits of community collections, and annual cultural events, The City Reliquary connects visitors to both the past and present of New York.

2014 Havemeyer Sugar Sweets Festival

Sunday, May 25th, 2014

October 4 | 10am to 4pm
The Sugar Sweets Festival is a family-friendly celebration of New York’s bakers, sweet-makers and treat-lovers.

Featuring blue-ribbon baking competitions and an all-donation bake sale all to raise money for The City Reliquary.

Be A Civic Baker
Every treat sold at the Festival supports the City Reliquary, a unique and essential Brooklyn institution. We’re looking for nearly anything freshly-baked or recently confected – sweet, savory or both!

Want to donate? Contact

Blue-Ribbon Competitions
Do you make the city’s tastiest (non-professional) treats? Bring your best baked goods to the Sugar Sweets Festival. NYC’s leading foodies and bakers will judge your work and we will award deluxe prizes!

Volunteer at the City Reliquary!

Monday, June 4th, 2012

I want YOU for the City Reliquary

The City Reliquary is looking for a few good men and women to help us staff the museum, support public programs and events, or take the lead on special projects of your choosing.

Love New York City? Think our museum is the bee’s knees? Have a high tolerance for people who use phrases like “bee’s knees”? Click on over to our volunteer page to learn more about who and what we’re looking for.

Summer Film/Concert Series Continues!

Wednesday, August 3rd, 2011

The City Reliquary’s Summer Concert & Film Series continues



At the City Reliquary

Backyard Tunes + 1980s New York Nostalgia Films!
$7 admission, includes film screening and backyard boogie. Beer and CR cocktails for donation. Popcorn! Yes!

The schedule for August:

August 5
Music: Bigger Than Tiny
Film: Tootsie

August 12
Film: Coming to America

August 19
Music: Martin Crane
Film: Hannah and her Sisters

August 26
Extra-special end-of-summer blowout, featuring Led Zeppelin, whiskey, and PIE. For details, look here.

Major LedZep/Bourbon/Pie Event on Aug. 26!!

Wednesday, August 3rd, 2011

The Song Remains the Same but the PIE does NOT!
Friday August 26th
6:30-11pm, Pies accepted 6:30-8
Led Zeppelin films screened all night.
Doc Screening starts at 9:30. Pie contest all night.
$7 entry, or $FREE with entered pie for the contest.
Admission includes coffee from Oslo, Ice Cream from Bittersweet
Donated pies will be sliced and sold to patrons at the party.
Brooklyn Beer and Buffalo Trace bourbon available by donation!

Whats a better way to celebrate / mourn the closing days of summer than with a Pie contest, a Rock and Roll Parking Lot doc screening, a DJ spinning Led Zep covers, alternates, B-sides, classics and variations, a Multi-media projection of Led Zep concert footage and films, Brooklyn Beer and Buffalo Trace Bourbon!?? Enjoying all of those IN A JACUZZI, that’s whatI! Unfortunately we don’t have a jacuzzi. But we DO have the fabulous foodies of Saltie, Brooklyn Kitchen, and Millicent, the Pie Queens of Brooklyn acting as judges for a Reliquary-hosted pie bake off. Bake and bring a pie, and the winners will be announced after our movie screening. Did we mention that prizes will be big fancy bottles of Brooklyn Local beers? And that there will be Buffalo Trace bourbon shots? And a screening of Rock and Roll Parking Lot? Well we just did. DJ Stacher spinning from the Reliquary treehouse. Yee-haw!

Wednesday, July 27th, 2011

On Saturday, July 30th, please join Crest Hardware from 3pm – 7pm in celebrating the closing of the 10th Annual Crest Hardware Art Show. There will be music, drinks and your last chance to view or purchase art.

Afterwards, head over to the Reliquary Museum to see the official presentation and donation of the money to the City Reliquary Museum. There will be cold beer (suggested donation) and hot jams. The fun starts at 7:30 at the Reliquary Museum.

The 2011 Crest Hardware Art Show Closing Party

Wednesday, July 27th, 2011

On Saturday, July 30th, please join Crest Hardware from 3pm – 7pm in Celebrating the closing of the 10th Annual Crest Hardware Art Show. There will be music, Drinks and your last chance to view or purchase Art.

Afterwards, head over to the Reliquary Museum to see the official presentation and donation of the money to the City Reliquary Museum. There will be cold beer (suggested donation) and hot jams. The fun starts at 7:30 at the Reliquary Museum.

Friday Night Lights: This week, Jungle Fever and the Ian Duerr Quartet

Friday, July 22nd, 2011

HOT HOT HOT: Spike Lee’s Jungle Fever & LIVE Jazz in the Backyard!

What could be better on a steamy, sultry, summer night than SEXY jazz paired with a provocative film—screened outdoors under the stars!

Tomorrow, Friday July 22, The City Reliquary Museum will host another installment of Friday Night Lights, our backyard music and film series.

There will be GIN COCKTAILS ($5 donation), Brooklyn Lager ($3 donation), and JAZZZZZ…

Doors @ 7:00 PM.

Ian Duerr Quartet @ 8:00 PM (Ian Duerr – guitar, Ian Stapp – bass, Arthur Vint – drums, Alex Berti – trumpet)

Jungle Fever @ 9:30 PM (Spike Lee)

Come if you can…..DOORS AT 7:30 PM.

Crest Fest 2011!

Tuesday, June 14th, 2011

Crest Fest 2011 is coming to Williamsburg, this Saturday June 18th!

It’s the official launch party for the Crest Hardware Art Show!  Where will you be?  At Crest Hardware!  This year’s program will include a live music stage, two DJ booths, local, creative art and food vendors.

The group art show includes 100+ works from various artists of different mediums and will be installed throughout 10,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor space, including a 5,000 sq ft urban garden.  Plus, enjoy food from local vendors and live music performances by The Suzan, EMEFE, Gunfight! and Little Victory. DJ sets by FAT and EZ, Nick Catchdubs, Lucas Walters, Dom Rocket, Rok One, King Cut, Synapse, Peter Hale and Krunk Pony.

The fun starts at 1pm Saturday June 18th and goes until 7pm.  Its free!  And all proceeds and profits go to support the City Reliquary Museum.

Craft Night: Learn How to Make Your Own Terrarium on May 26

Monday, May 23rd, 2011


Craft Night returns to the City Reliquary on May 26. This Craft Night, Anna Grant will be teaching us how to make terrariums. For $5 you will be supplied with a plant, as well as materials to decorate your terrarium. Just be sure to bring your own glass container. And because it is the month of Bicycle Celebrations and Bicycle awesomeness, we will have tiny bicycles.

We’re asking five dollars for crafting supplies. Terrarium-ing will commence at 7pm and will run until 10pm. See you there!