A History of Jewish Gangsters with Gideon Levy

Sunday, November 30th, 2014

December 5 | 7pm
Join Gideon Levy of NYC Gangster Tours for a lively discussion and slideshow about the history of Jewish Gangsters in New York.

Otherwise known as the “Kosher Nostra,” one generation of Jewish Gangsters introduced loan sharking, large-scale gambling and contract killing to the world of Organized Crime. Learn about the origins of New York’s criminal underworld and how the greatest Jewish Gangsters in America got in, got rich and got out.

Presented in conjunction with Mazel Tough: Jewish Gangsters of NY 1900 – 1945, Illustrated Portraits by Pat Hamou, on view through Feb. 22nd 2015

2014 Havemeyer Sugar Sweets Festival

Sunday, May 25th, 2014

October 25 | 10am to 4pm
On October 25, 2014 New Yorkers of all ages will pig out at the City Reliquary Museum’s 5th Annual Havemeyer Sugar Sweets Festival, the city’s biggest celebration of New York’s bakers and sweet-makers.

Civic Bake Sale

The heart of the Festival is the Civic Bake Sale, a sweet-tooth smorgasbord featuring treats donated by everyone from humble home chefs to top-tier pros and landmark New York bakeries. 100% of the proceeds from the bake sale will support the City Reliquary Museum, a beloved New York history and civic museum.

Want to donate? Just email jeff(at)

Blue Ribbon Baking Competitions

Are you one of the city’s best home bakers? Bring it on! Throughout the day, pro-bakers, food writers, and sweets experts will judge treats entered in each category – awarding prizes any baker and NYC-enthusiast would love to take home! This year’s categories include:

• Best Fall Flavored
• Best Booze Infused
• Best Brooklyn-y (anything goes…but keep it local-ish!)
• Best Recipe You Made Up (bring – and bake – your imagination)
• Best Oh My God! Chocolate

Family-Friendly Entertainment

As always, there will be entertainment for everyone! Multiple music acts including Lloyd Miller (Deedle-Deedle-Dees), a performance of Hansel and Gretel, face-painting, “sweet story-time” readings, crafts, and the good cheer and sweet disposition of NYC’s home bakers and the City Reliquary’s crew.

Apron Fashion Show

New in 2014: Bring your best aprons for a dazzling display of cooking finery! Everyone will be welcome to participate in The Apron Fashion Show and vie for the title of Brooklyn’s Best Apron!

The Sugar Sweets Festival is a family-friendly celebration of New York’s bakers, sweet-makers and treat-lovers.

We Love Our Sponsors

Many thanks to the kindness of The Brooklyn Kitchen, Crest Hardware, Cupcake Land, Oslo Coffee, Saltie, Liddabit Sweets, The Meat Hook and our other friends and neighbors.

Want to sponsor? Email

We’re looking for food donations and products to raffle off. We’ll sing your praises on social media and give you a tax donor recognition letter.

Get In Touch

If you want to donate, sponsor, compete or ask ANY questions, please contact

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!