Collector’s Night 2016

May 27 2016

Collector poster front

Hosted at the New York City Fire Museum
Friday, June 10, @6:30 PM

Join us for our annual celebration of ephemera and those who curate it! Collecting is a tool for preservation and education that is the core practice of all museums. In our dual role as Museum and Civic Organization, we invite everyday New Yorkers to join the discussion. We can’t wait to learn what, how, and why YOU collect!

Collectors Galore!
All collectors will display their collections throughout the evening and briefly present a key object from their displays during our Lightning Round Show ‘N Tell! We’ll also enjoy talks from three guests speakers.


Unusual archives on display will include:

Guest Speakers:
Stanley B. Burns, MD of The Burns Archive, an extensive photographic collection of the forgotten, unseen, and disquieting moments in history. Dr. Burns will discuss the process of compiling and curating his collection. Dr. Burns served as the Medical, Historical & Technical Advisor to the HBO/Cinemax series The Knick, and PBS’ Mercy Street. He has also consulted on hundreds of documentaries, films and television series. Dr. Burns has written 45 books on the history of photography and medicine. His photographs have been exhibited at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, MOMA, the Brooklyn Museum, ICP, the Bronx Museum of the Arts, the Museum of the City of New York, and the Morbid Anatomy Museum, among other places.

Austin Wright of the Museum of Democracy, the world’s largest collection of historical and political campaign memorabilia. He will present the Wright family collection of presidential campaign artifacts, and discuss the future of the museum.

Howard Warren, a retired science teacher from Trinity School in Manhattan. He will discuss the dismantling of Jim Crow through the integration of professional baseball. The stories of the trials and struggles of Jackie Robinson are well known through the works of Ken Burns, yet the many men who were “The Firsts” in their respective Major League cities are largely unknown.

RSVP through the Facebook event!

Admission: $10 general/$5 for members of The City Reliquary or New York City Fire Museum. Tix available through our page!


Thanks to our sponsors at Brooklyn Brewery and Two Boots Pizza!two boots logo

Special After-Hours Founder’s Tour w/NY Adventure Club!

May 28 2016

Exterior of The City Reliquary Museum and Civic Organization


Join New York Adventure Club at 6 PM Saturday, May 28, for an after-hours tour with City Reliquary founder Dave Herman. Dave will share the urban legends, histories, and hoaxes behind our unique collection of unusual and everyday NYC artifacts. Afterwards, we’ll enjoy food, drink, and conversation in the neighborhood!

We love New York Adventure Club. Check out these pics from their last Reliquary visit!

Tickets available through Big Maven.

Clothing Swap in Our Back Yard!

May 21 2016



Come to our clothing swap and pick out a new-used summer look! The bar will be open, so enjoy a drink on a beautiful day in the back yard garden! All unpurchased items will be donated to Pick Purple.

Romeo + Juliet @ The City Reliquary

May 27 2016



The City Reliquary is excited to host The New Euripides in the back yard garden for William Shakespeare’s “Romeo + Juliet.” This production is a unique, immersive, site-specific retelling of the classic tragedy through text, music, and movement. Under directors Grace Phelan and Julia Melfi, the troupe relates the story of the Bard’s star-crossed lovers using improvisation and other experimental theater techniques, crafting an original and unprecedented connection with their audience.

Dates (all performances begin at 7:30 PM):
Thurs. May 5
Fri., May 6
Thurs., May 12
Fri., May 13

Show runs approximately 50 minutes with no intermission.

Tickets available onlineLimited tickets will be sold at the door $17, cash only.

Artistic Director: Grace Phelan
Assistant Director: Julia Melfi
Associate Producer: Charlotte Ahlin
Social Media/Production Support: Jacque Emord-Netzley
Stage Manager: Hannah Lemkowitz
Music:  Jacob Cohen, Max Cohen

Performed by:  Charlotte Ahlin, Mike Axelrod, Alexander Bianchi, Adam Donovan, Jacque Emord-Netzley, David Huynh, Julia Melfi, Arif Silverman.

With creative contributions from Ellen Askonas, and Mini Zhang.

PLEASE NOTE:  The majority of this production happens outdoors and will be performed in rain or shine. Please dress accordingly.

Tunes For Tykes

May 27 2016


Tunes for Tykes with Brian

School’s out! Bring the kids to the Reliquary! Tunes for Tykes with Brian is a play-along, sing-along, and dance-along event for kids ages 3 months to 3 years with Brian Stearns. There’ll be neat new songs and familiar favorites. Brian leads the class with guitar in tow, and he’ll also have instruments to share!

We’ll meet at the museum Thursdays from 3:30 to about 4:15 on following dates:
April 14
April 21
April 28
May 5
May 12
May 19

$10 per family (includes free museum admission!)

Brian Stearns is a New York City-based composer, performer, and music teacher. He earned a Master’s Degree in Music in 2006 from Walt Disney’s California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) and has been involved in early education in New York since 2007. Brian began teaching at The Children’s Garden Studio Inc. and later moved to the Manhattan Movement and Arts Center. He loves developing and contributing to programs that nurture creative musical environments for young children.

Our New Membership Program is Live!

May 27 2016

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

The 9th Annual Panorama Challenge!

May 27 2016

Panorama of the City of the New at the Queens Museum

Panorama Challenge 2016
A Unique Evening of Trivia from The City Reliquary Museum, Queens Museum, & The Levys’ Unique New York!

Where: Queens Museum, New York City Building, Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, Queens, NY 11368
When: Friday, March 4th, 7 – 10PM (doors @ 6PM)

Tickets available through or our Facebook event!

SEEKING KNOW-IT-ALL NEW YORKERS! LOOKING FOR LOVERS OF NYC!  Meet us at the world’s largest architectural scale model – The Panorama of the City of New York at the Queens Museum – for a most unusual evening of trivia with the whole city at your feet!  Proceeds support The City Reliquary Museum and Queens Museum.

The Panorama Challenge quizzes participants about our city while laser-wielding tour guides from The Levys’ Unique New York! point out clues on the Panorama. The evening’s MC Mike Morgenthal will read aloud the question and teams of 10 (or so) will use those clues as well as musical hints to determine the correct answer.

Teams may be organized as either a Panorama Challenger or Panorama Pro. Challenger teams are first-timers or those who may not have dedicated their lives to the study of our great city. Their questions will be easier! Pros are returning contestants who are die-hard students of our city’s hidden corners – and must answer double the number of questions each round (60 total!)

Identify the most locations and your Pro team will join the ranks of legendary past winners when its name is etched on the Panorama Challenge Trophy at the Queens Museum!

Jonathan Turer, Quizmaster for the last five years, has again returned with all new questions!  This year contestants will be challenged on ‘saintly’ locations, tv theme songs, NY novels and famous speeches.  And in today’s charged political climate, the Panorama Challenge Halftime Quiz will involve NYC PRESIDENTIAL TRIVIA.  Because you can’t ever escape this race, even at the Queens Museum!

A panel of All-Star Judges will deliberate and announce the winners.  This year’s estimable crew include award-winning Dean of NYC Guides Lee Gelber; author and award-winning webmaster of Forgotten NY Kevin Walsh; as well as author and Urban Explorer (of every NYC census tract) Moses Gates.

While scores are being tallied, there will be an electrifying performance by Batala NYC – New York’s ONLY all-woman Brazilian drum corps!

Admission is $15 per person, with discounted admission available through City Reliquary or Queens Museum membership purchase (member tickets available only on site.) Advance tickets available online. Beer will be provided by our wonderful friends at the Rockaway Brewing Company.  Substantial sandwiches and assorted snacks will be sold. Proceeds from admission and concessions support the City Reliquary Museum and Queens Museum.

A free shuttle will be traveling between the Museum and underneath the Mets-Willets Point 7 stop, both before and after the event (6:30-10:30pm.)

About the Queens Museum: The Queens Museum is dedicated to presenting the highest quality visual arts and educational programming for people in the New York metropolitan area, and particularly for the residents of Queens, a uniquely diverse, ethnic, cultural, and international community.

About The Levys’ Unique New York!: The Levys’ Unique New York! (LUNY!) provides step-on, group and private tour guides for sightseeing in New York City. Passionate and expertly trained guides provide visitors with an engaging, entertaining, energetic and educational tour experience. New Yorkers who are proud to share colorful stories about our city’s culture, diversity, energy and strength.


Opening Reception for Visionary Streetscapes

May 27 2016



Join us Saturday, January 30, at 6 PM to celebrate our latest exhibition, Visionary Streetscapes: Works from Pure Vision Arts. All works in this show are available for sale.

Cash bar. RSVP on our Facebook page!

Volunteer at the City Reliquary!

May 27 2016

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.

May 27 2016

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.