Oakdrive Podcast Release Show

Oakdrive Podcast Release Party
Sept. 30 @ 7 PM
Tix: $10

Oakdrive captures the feelings of mystery, nostalgia, and loss attached to the family house. Mosiah Rashaad’s parents abandoned the family house, called Oakdrive, but the family was still responsible for maintaining the property. Mosiah and his family would travel to Oakdrive from their new home in Decatur to cut the kudzu and grass overtaking the house and to replace the wooden boards that shuttered its windows and doors. In caring for the house, Mosiah began to see the building as a relic of his family’s history and his childhood.

The Oakwood podcast is an episodic compilation of recordings that capture the emotions brought about by change and life’s constant ambiguity. Underlying motifs couple with soundscapes and a hint of gallows humor to present a compelling reflection of the cultural interplay in a melting pot society. In Mosiah’s father’s words, “Wake up–we goina’ Oakdrive…”

Bushwick native MARI FREAUX

Rising Harlem based band JAZZE BELLE:

Rising Brooklyn based duo EBONE X TAJ

(creator of Brothas & Sistas and Black Army Soldiers Collectibles)



Meals & Spiels 2016


Meals & Spiels:
A Benefit for 
The City Reliquary Museum
Our Lady of Mt. Carmel
275 N. 8th St., Bklyn, NYC
October 26, 2016 | 6pm – 9pm

Join us for our annual Meals & Spiels celebration and enjoy UNLIMITED food and drink from Brooklyn-based superstars while supporting The City Reliquary Museum! Indulge in a classic community hall feast from Caroline Fidanza of Saltie! Sneak a few swigs from Kings County Distillery, NY Distilling Co., and Brooklyn Brewery! Savor sweets from Baked!

Come out in your vintage best and spin under streamers and (crepe paper) stars in the whimsically transformed gym of Williamsburgh’s historic Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church.


Entertainment includes a performance live via satellite from cultural jamming activists and Reliquary friends The Yes Men, whose NRA-trolling Share the Safety program recently went off with a bang!

cdlThis year’s honored guest is Charlie DeLeo, “Keeper of the Flame” who maintained Lady Liberty’s torch from 1972 to 1999. Charlie has been the subject of a book, a documentary, and numerous articles. He’ll present a collection of personal photos documenting his role in the life of hisgreatest love, the Statue of Liberty.

Introducing Charlie will be Barry Moreno, librarian from the Bob Hope Memorial Research Library of the Ellis Island Immigration Museum and foremost expert on Lady Liberty. Barry will discuss the statue’s history, including fascinatingly obscure facts!

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Tickets on sale now!
$50 General Admission
$35 City Reliquary Museum Members

Fall Exhibition–Life of an American Ruin: Philip Johnson’s New York State Pavilion


The City Reliquary presents:
Life of an American Ruin: Philip Johnson’s New York State Pavilion
Sept. 29, 2016 – Jan. 15, 2017
Opening Reception: Oct. 1 @ 7PM

This exhibition is devoted exclusively to Philip Johnson’s New York State Pavilion and asks viewers to consider the importance of ruins in the modern age. Archival images from Bill Cotter show the Pavilion at its height during the Fair; photographs by Phil Buehler, Marco Catini, and Robert Fein capture the beauty of the building in its ruined state. Also on view will be a temporary installation by Aaron Asis suggestive of the Pavilion’s iconic suspension-cable roof, and a painting by Eric Doeringer addressing Andy Warhol’s controversial installation for the Theaterama at the Fair, “13 Most Wanted Men.” Complementing these works will be ephemera loaned in part by The Museum of Interesting Things, and an audio clip of a 1999 interview with Philip Johnson on the fate of the Pavilion.

The opening reception for this exhibition will be Saturday, October 1 at 7 PM. It will include a screening of the documentary Modern Ruin at 7:30 PM followed by a Q&A with its creator, Matthew Silva. Beverages available by suggested donation, with beer courtesy of Brooklyn Brewery.

This exhibition was curated by Sarah Celentano, manager of The City Reliquary.


022-new-york-state-pavilionThe New York State Pavilion in Flushing Meadows-Corona Parkis one of the few surviving structures built for the 1964 World’s Fair, the second held in Queens. Designed by Philip Johnson, it housed numerous exhibitions celebrating New York industry and culture in the context of the theme, “Peace Through Understanding.” The Pavilion comprised the Tent of Tomorrow, the three Astro-View Towers, and the circular Theaterama. These futuristic structures embodied promises of progress and discovery in the era of the Space Race.

The building exists today as a ruin for the modern worlds-fair-0089age. Only the Theaterama remains in use. The Towers and the Tent, however, have long intrigued passersby and commuters on the Long Island Expressway. Stripped of its colors, the Pavilion took on a minimalist purity. In its ruined and graffitied state, it served as a site for personal inspiration, contemplation, and collective memory.

The Pavilion has reached another transformative moment: the walls and crown were freshly painted between 2009 and 2015. Plans are underway to repaint the Towers. The modern ruin is gradually disappearing, yet the popularity of websites celebrating ruined or abandoned places, such as Untapped Cities and Atlas Obscura, argues for the important of ruins in the current cultural landscape.
In 2016 the National Trust for Historic Preservation sponsored an Ideas Competition that asked the public to design new possible uses for the Pavilion. It asked participants, “How do you reinvent an architectural icon for the 21st century?” This exhibition hopes to provoke another question: “Should you?”



Image credits:
Images 1-3 courtesy of Bill Cotter of, ca. 1964/65
Images 4 & 6 courtesy of Marco Catini, 2014
Image 5 courtesy of Phil Buehler, 1985












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.

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

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!

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.