A Visit from Santa at our Holiday Party!


Santa Claus is Coming to The City Reliquary!
Friday, December 16th, 5-9 PM
370 Metropolitan Ave., Williamsburgh, BK
$8 general/$5 Reliquary members/Kids free

Join us Friday, December 16th from 5 to 9 PM to celebrate the holiday season in true City Reliquary style! The evening will include a special visit from Santa Claus at 6 PM. We’ll serve cookies & milk for kids, coffee & “yuletide cheer” for adults! Holiday tunes set the festive mood while children visit with Santa. We’ll provide materials for making wish lists.

Tickets available now through Artfully!

This year we’ve decked the halls with the Christmas kitsch collection of John and Rowena Doyel. John always had a taste for the offbeat–he was a beatnik painter who hung out with artists Willem de Kooning and Jackson Pollock in the 50s. When Rowena discovered that their property once belonged to Clement Clarke Moore, famous for A Visit From St. Nicholas (better known as ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas), John found a new outlet for his interest in unusual things. The Doyels developed a massive collection of wind-up, battery-operated, and spring-loaded Santas dating from the 1920s to the 1960s. Each year, John activated these figures in “The Santa Show,” a performance for friends and neighbors that created a sensory overload of flashing lights, electronic music, and animated figures. The New York Times detailed John’s collection and life story in a piece from 2009.

One of John’s “Santa Show” performances was captured in a home video by his son-in-law, Nick Fritsch, in 1985. The City Reliquary display includes a looped screening of this short film.

We’re very excited that John Doyel’s daughter, Lesley, will join our holiday party! Lesley will recreate John’s performance of The Santa Show in a live demonstration incorporating many of the Santas on display! Check out just a few of the quirky figures we’ll show off during the party:

Tickets are $8 general/$5 Reliquary members. All children admitted free of charge. Become a member today!



Let Us Now Praise Famous Women

Let Us Now Praise Famous Women
Friday, Dec. 9 @ 7 PM
Tix: $8/$5 Reliquary members

Join us Friday, Dec. 9 to celebrate and be entertained, edified and uplifted by the exceptional musical talents of great American women. As an antidote to some of the current toxic political rhetoric, Brooklyn-based film/video archivist Russell Scholl will screen “Let Us Now Praise Famous Women,” a program celebrating the contributions of groundbreaking female musicians.

The evening will include vintage country, soul, jazz, pop, blues, and gospel performances by Sister Rosetta Tharpe and other female pioneers in frequently male-dominated music scenes. On offer will be rare musical shorts, Scopitones, Soundies, and television and film appearances made between 1932 and 2001.

Tickets are $8 general, $5 for Reliquary members. Become a member today!

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Comic Arts Brooklyn Afterparty

CAB 2016 Poster

Comic Arts Brooklyn afterparty
Sat., Nov. 5, 8-10 PM
Admission: $5

COMIC ARTS BROOKLYN, the free annual comix festival organized by our friends at Desert Island Comics, returns Saturday, November 5th to saturate your eyeballs with cutting-edge graphics and comics. This event showcases the biggest stars in indie comics.

We’re hosting the afterparty for this awesome event! Join us Sat., Nov. 5 at 8 PM in the backyard for live music and drinks. $5 to get in, and drinks available by donation. See you there!

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.

The Return of Collector’s Night! Monday October 11th, Columbus Day, at the Knitting Factory

WILLIAMSBURGH, BROOKLYN – On Columbus Day, Monday, Oct. 11th, the City Reliquary will present “Collectors’ Night” a celebration of unique, fanciful and eccentric collections, accompanied by the collectors themselves, with multi-media performances and presentations. Up to two-dozen collectors from all over the city will display their personal collections; everything from an archive of newsstand paperweights to art museum dust to odd coin purses to souvenirs bearing the collector’s name. You too can have your collection on display! Bring in your collection (anything goes) in a jar and display it at the bar! We will also have a Collector’s Cocktail available one night only!

The evening’s highlights, from 7-9pm, will include:

KELLY ANDERSON presenting the New York debut of her documentary “Never Enough.” Do we own our things or do they own us? “Never Enough” probes our relationship with the material world through three Americans’ relationships with their stuff, including: a woman who has 700 sweaters, a marine with 7,800 beanie baby dolls, and a Home Shopping Network addict whose purchases have made his apartment unlivable.

HARLEY SPILLER a.k.a. INSPECTOR COLLECTOR who will detail “On Newsstands Now,” an exploration of the material culture of newsstand paperweights. This distinctly New York presentation will carry much interest to anyone invested in advertising, business, graphic arts, history, industrial design, and journalism.

SEAN MILLER, Director of the John Erickson Museum of Art, (JEMA), a location variable museum, will exhibit and discuss “Art Museum Dust Acquisitions: Points of Access and Departure” offering a rare behind-the-scenes look into the give-and-take world of art museum dust collecting.

LULU LOLO will host as the “City Reliquary NewsBoy,” proclaiming headlines of the mind boggling world of compulsive collectors. LuLu will also perform excerpts from her one-person play OBITS, portraying such eccentric collectors as Elizabeth Tashjian, founder of The Nut Museum, and Hugh Hicks, the prodigious collector of light bulbs.

The City Reliquary Museum’s Collectors’ Night
Monday, Oct. 11, 2010 (Columbus Day)
Knitting Factory
361 Metropolitan Avenue (across the street from The City Reliquary Museum)
Brooklyn, NY 11211
Doors at 6pm, Event starts at 7pm.
Admission: $10.00
Advance tickets on sale:

The Kyle and Cleo Show Experience Presents: MOVIE NIGHTS!! At the City Reliquary Museum Thursday October 14th 2010 7-10 PM

This Month:
“Unlikely Treasures” A documentary about collectors and the art of collecting!

Come join our first in a series of movie screening spectaculars
Showing documentaries, Vintage movies, and more!
Screening monthly with your hosts Kyle and Cleo!
(The kitschiest due this side of the Mississippi)

WILLIAMSBURG, BROOKLYN – Prepare yourself for the first in a series of movie screenings from esteemed hosts Kyle and Cleo on Thursday, Oct. 14th, the City Reliquary Museum in their outdoor movie screening under the stars theater complete with popcorn and beer on hand for your movie viewing pleasure!

The first in a series of monthly presentations is a fitting documentary titled “Unlikely Treasures,” by director Tally Abecassis which showcases various items from collectors as varied as one gentleman (the Reliquary’s own Bill Scanga) who collects ceramic ET’s figures to a woman who collects staplers and clothing hangers, even Kyle himself makes an appearance with his collection of mid-century furnishings and 1939 World’s Fair Memorabilia.

If you have never been, the City Reliquary Museum is a trove of beautiful, often overlooked objects that tell the story of New York City through the collections of its citizens, young and old alike. Located in the heart of Williamsburg, the City Reliquary is a magical world entered through a modest storefront on Metropolitan Ave., across from the famed Knitting Factory.

The first in a series, October 14’s event runs from 7-10pm

7pm: A welcome, and brief collecting story from hosts Kyle and Cleo.

7:10pm: An appearance and greeting from Museum president Bill Scanga, describing the role the Reliquary Museum had in the creation of “Unlikely Treasures”

7:15pm: The Film plays either in the outdoor theater or inside the Museum’s gallery space depending on the temperatures come mid-October!

8:15pm: Live soul music follows the presentation.

Don’t miss our first film screening as it is sure to be a carnival of delights….
Popcorn, snacks and *beer provided by Brooklyn Brewery*
$5 donation at the door. Proceeds benefit the Reliquary Museum!
Hope to see you there to share the communal spirit of collecting and those who share the collector’s bug!

Take the L train to Bedford or L & G trains to Lorimer.‎
Film Trailer:
“Kyle and Cleo” on Facebook!

The City Reliquary’s September THurd THursday: The Passing of the Presidential Sash

WILLIAMSBURGH, BROOKLYN; After 8 years, dozens of events, hundreds of late nights and thousands of conversations about the importance of preserving the collected history of our incredible, indelible city, Dave Herman is stepping down from his post as President of the City Reliquary Museum and Civic Organization. Taking his place will be Vice-President Bill Scanga.

But this is no reason to lament or concern. This is a celebration! We want to thank Dave for his hard work and tireless civic pride in keeping the City Reliquary’s heart beating, its soul pulsing, its energy racing through our wonderful borough to the collections of collectors beyond. Besides, although Dave is stepping down from his post as President, he will stay on as Founder and Auxiliary Board Member. So he aint going anywhere.

We feel that the best thank-you possible is a party during September’s THurd THursday monthly event, featuring Dave, Bill, Dave’s favorite rootsy-rock band Frankenpine, and lots of Brooklyn Beer to drink. Please stop by the City Reliquary on THursday September 16th, 7-10pm for a celebration, concert and Passing of the Presidential Sash from Dave to Bill.

September’s Thurd THursday
September 16th, 2010
7-10pm, with ceremony and Frankenpine performance beginning at 8
FREE! Dontations greatly appreciated.
310 Metropolitan Avenue at Havemeyer; Williamsburgh, Brooklyn.

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