Bike Fetish Day 2016!!

Jul 16 2016

PrintCalling all bike collectors, builders, activists, shops, attire designers, community groups and all-around BIKE NERDS…

The City Reliquary is gearing up for Bicycle Fetish Day 2016!! Our 12th annual block party for bikes will take place on Havemeyer St. between Hope and Grand Streets Saturday, July 16, from noon to 6 PM.

RSVP to our Facebook event!

Get ready for:

Badass bike skills!

Locally made boutique bike wares!

Bike advocacy info booths!



Event schedule TBA

Our grill will be going at full capacity, and we’ll be blasting tunes to get you dancing in the street! Self-avowed bike nuts, don’t miss this yearly celebration of all things bicycle!!


Collector’s Night 2016

Jun 29 2016

What a great night! Check out our Facebook album of pics from this year’s Collector’s Night!

Collector poster front

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

Join us at the New York City Fire Museum Friday, June 10 at 6:30 PM to celebrate the odd obsessions of everyday New Yorkers! 

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

Spittoons used by congregants of the Eldridge Street Synagogue, ca. 1900. From the Museum at Eldridge Street.

Spittoons used by congregants of the Eldridge Street Synagogue, ca. 1900. Museum at Eldridge Street.

All collectors will display and discuss their collections throughout the evening. This year, for the first time in Reliquary history, guest museum will also share parts of their collections! Look out for displays from Museum at Eldridge StreetMuseum of Interesting Things, Interference Archive, Reanimation Library, and MoRUS (Museum of Reclaimed Urban Space)!!

We’ll also enjoy talks by three guest speakers:

  • Stanley B. Burns, MD of The Burns Archive, an extensive photographic collection of the forgotten, unseen, and disquieting moments in history
  • Austin Wright of The Museum of Democracy, the world’s largest collection of historical and political campaign memorabilia
  • Howard Warren, retired Trinity School science teacher, who will discuss the dismantling of Jim Crow through the integration of professional baseball


"Talked to Death" artifact, late 1890s. From the Museum of Democracy.

“Talked to Death” artifact, late 1890s. Museum of Democracy.

Confirmed collections include:

And countless others! Don’t miss this fun, interesting, and oh-so-Reliquary event!

RSVP through the Facebook event!

Jackie Robinson figurines, 1947 (left) and late 20th century (right). From the collection of Howard Warren.

Jackie Robinson figurines, 1947 (left) and late 20th century (right). From the collection of Howard Warren.


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

Our New Membership Program is Live!

Jun 29 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!

Jun 29 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

Jun 29 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!

Jun 29 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.

Jun 29 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.

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

Jun 29 2016

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!

Jun 29 2016

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

Jun 29 2016


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!