Playing Politics: Dirges For Democracy


Playing Politics: Dirges For Democracy
Friday, Nov. 4 @ 7 PM
Tix: $15/$10 students

This election season’s been tough for everyone, so we’re hosting a night of civic-minded commiseration courtesy of Loud Box NYC! Join us for musical pieces ranging from humorous renditions of Donald Trump’s most offensive Tweets, to personal reflections on this chaotic and divisive moment for our country. No matter which candidate you’re supporting (with maybe the exception of one…), come out for an evening of collective catharsis. And remember to vote on Nov. 8!


Schiele, a string quartet formed by Molly Aronson, Mujan Hosseinzadeh, Adrianne Munden-Dixon, and Michelle Painter.

With new works from:

-Shades of Sacrifice

Spencer SNYDER
-Trump Tweets
-When Bill Threw FDR’s Wheelchair Down the Stairs


Michael J. VINCE
-Elegy & Response

Beverages available at the Reliquary by suggested donation, with beer courtesy of Brooklyn Brewery.

Afterparty just across the street at The Federal Bar (367 Metropolitan Ave.)!


Meals & Spiels 2016


Meals & Spiels: A Benefit for The City Reliquary Museum
in the whimsically transformed hall of
Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church
275 N. 8th St., Bklyn, NYC
Tickets: $50/$35 City Reliquary Members

Update!: We’re excited to announce that the Master of Ceremonies will be Roger Clark from NY1!

Update!: The NYC Municipal Archives will join the evening’s presentations with a Statue of Liberty slideshow!

Support The City Reliquary and enjoy a feast from local culinary rockstars, hear fascinating tales from everyday NYC heroes, and dance the night away!

Join us in the whimsically transformed hall of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church, home to Williamsburgh’s historic giglio festival! Wear your best faux-fancy outfit and spin under streamers and balloons to tunes from DJ Mickey Perez! Relive those school dance memories, whether you’re a wallflower or a dancefloor champion!

Indulge in a delicious Italian dinner courtesy of Caroline Fidanza of Saltie & Frank Pinello of Best Pizza, with dessert from Baked! Boozy beverages include signature gin and whiskey cocktails created by Kings County Distillery & NY Distilling Co., and beer from Brooklyn Brewery!

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In celebration of the
130th birthday of the Statue of Liberty
we will honor
Charlie DeLeo, “Keeper of the Flame”


Speakers, Presenters and Performers:

b-moreno-pic-copyBarry Moreno, librarian from the Bob Hope Memorial Research Library of the Ellis Island Immigration Museum and foremost expert on Lady Liberty!





Harley “The Inspector Collector” Spiller will display his Vertigrised Penny Collection to give an up-close look at how Lady Liberty got her characteristic patina!




yesmenEntertainment includes a performance from cultural jamming activists The Yes Men!




Join the Facebook event!

Tickets on sale now!
$50 General Admission
$35 City Reliquary Museum Members (must be logged into Artfully)

Our New Membership Program is Live!

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

Volunteer at the City Reliquary!

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.

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.

Crest Fest 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


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!

Annual Brooklyn Bridge Bike Ride on May 24th!

Happy 128th Birthday Brooklyn Bridge Bicycle Ride!
6-8pm; meet at the City Reliquary at 6pm
FREE! Yadda yadda donations.

Come on our yearly bicycle ride to celebrate the Brooklyn Bridge. We will ride from the CR to the Brooklyn Tower of the Brooklyn Bridge, stop to sing her Happy Birthday and learn the story of her marvelous construction from licensed NYC tour guide Matt Levy. There will be birthday cake and milk. Afterwards we will repair to a Williamsburg bar to share our favorite Brooklyn Bridge stories.

BFD Is a BFD: Bicycle Fetish Day Returns on May 28th

Bicycle Fetish Day 2011 is almost upon us!

Saturday May 28th, 2011
Havemeyer btwn Hope and Grand in BEAUTIFUL Williamsburg, Brooklyn, USA!

Its a block party for your bicycle!!

Once again, the City Reliquary pulls out all stops for the best block party ever. Be blown away by the participants and events scheduled for this Bike Fetish Day, on track to be the biggest one yet in our 7 years.

Featuring vendors: Vaya Bags, Outlier Clothing, Dargelos, Nona Varnado, Talia Lempert and more. With tables from Advocacy types like: Transportation Alternatives, Recycle-a-Bicycle (w/ bike jewelry making workshop), IOBY (w/ a fun activity), NAG, and Bike New York

Awesome activities will include: Pimp your bike photo booth by Swimming Cities, GoldSprints, Bike pinata from Llaves Designs, Alleycat organized by Victor

Prizes for various bike categories will feature:
Cyclist outfittery from Outlier Clothing
Bag from Vaya Bags
T-shirts and tickets from Bike Film Festival
Tune-up from 9th St. Cycles
A gift from Bike Habitat tbd
A gift from Velo Brooklyn tbd
A gift from Nona Varnado, AND MORE!!

Rude Mechanical Orchestra
DJs Stacher & Tinseltown

And food. With an after-party to follow at the City Reliquary , 6-10pm.

Dont miss the blowout bicycle party of the month!!!

Show-and-Tell Returns to the Reliquary on May 19th!


Open Mic Show-and-Tell, hosted by Paul Lukas, returns to the City Reliquary on May 19th.

Open Mic Show-and-Tell is exactly what it sounds like: Anyone can bring an object of personal significance and talk about it for up to three minutes. No theme, no agenda — interesting stuff and the stories behind them are their own reward.

Objects that were featured last time included a 1950s report card from a Detroit vocational school, a 40-year-old vanilla bean, and a ticket from Burning Man. But it isn’t about the objects — it’s about the stories. Look in your pocket or your purse — there’s probably good show-and-tell fodder there, whether you realize it or not.

You can either (a) bring an object and be prepared to talk about it, or (b) just be part of the audience (because you can’t have show-and-tell unless there are people on hand to be shown and told). Either way, it’s a good time.

The City Reliquary
370 Metropolitan Avenue, Brooklyn
L train to Lorimer Avenue Station
Doors and sign-ups at 7p; showing/telling commences at 8p
$5 suggested donation; beer available for sale