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Be a part of the our exhibition, “NYC Trash!: Past, Present, & Future”!

Jacob A. Riis, "Italian Home Under a Dump," ca. 1890. Museum of the City of New York (90.13.1.208)

Jacob A. Riis, “Italian Home Under a Dump,” ca. 1890. Museum of the City of New York (90.13.1.208)

CALL FOR EXHIBITORS:
NYC Trash! Past, Present, & Future

The City Reliquary invites proposals for its upcoming exhibition, NYC Trash! Past, Present, & Future, which will open in October 2017 and run through April 2018. From Jacob A. Riis’s images of 19th-century squalor to plans for waste management in the 21st century and beyond, this show will explore the diverse ways that New Yorkers relate to and deal with their trash.

Waste management experts, collectors of NYC Department of Sanitation ephemera, enthusiasts of reuse/recycling, and anyone invested in the past, present, or future of trash in New York City are encouraged to submit their ideas. Contact info@cityreliquary.org with your name, phone number, and a brief description of your exhibit idea including any AV and/or size & space requirements.

The curators are particularly interested in contributions that address projects related to reuse and recycling and how the city must deal with its waste in the future, but all proposals will be considered. The deadline for submissions is August 14, 2017.

July 27: Healix Collective presents “Alice Walker: Beauty in Truth”

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Healix Collective returns to our backyard on Thursday, July 27th for ALICE WALKER: BEAUTY IN TRUTH, the second installment in their summer screening series. There will be a special reading by NYC poet Camonghne Felix before the film.

Alice Walker: Beauty In Truth is a feature documentary film which tells the compelling story of an extraordinary woman’s journey from her birth in a paper-thin shack in cotton fields of Putnam County, Georgia to her recognition as a key writer of the 20th Century.

Alice Walker made history as the first black woman to win the Pulitzer Prize for fiction for her groundbreaking novel, The Color Purple, which has been transformed from a novel, to a Hollywood movie and latterly to a successful Broadway musical. This universal story of triumph against all odds is not that different from Walker’s own story.

Alice Walker: Beauty In Truth offers audiences a penetrating look at the life and art of an artist, a self-confessed renegade and human rights activist. In 2010, Yoko Ono honored Walker with the LennonOno Peace Award, for her ongoing humanitarian work.

Doors @  7, film starts at sundown
$5 – $10 suggested donation | All proceeds support The City Reliquary
Beverages available by suggested donation, with beer from Brooklyn Brewery. 

Visit www.healixcollective.com for more!

July 1: Opening Reception for “The United States: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow”

 

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New extended date!
The United States: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow

June 29 – August 20, 2017  Sept. 24, 2017
Opening reception: Saturday, July 1 @ 7 PM
Admission: $5


The City Reliquary proudly presents, in partnership with the New York Chapter of the SS United States Conservancy
The United States: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow. This exhibition celebrates the extraordinary career of the luxury liner known as “America’s Flagship” and her relationship with the City of New York. The show will run from June 29th to September 24, 2017.

The opening event at The City Reliquary on Saturday, July 1 at 7 PM will commemorate the 65th Anniversary of SS United States’ famous record-breaking Maiden Voyage. There will be an 8 PM screening of the film Colossus On The River (1965; Runtime: 15 min.). Beverages available by suggested donation, with beer courtesy of The Brooklyn Brewery and a specialty cocktail courtesy of Montauk Rum.

This show will trace the life of the ship, from young speed queen and popular cover girl to aging star of yesteryear and nearly forgotten “has-been,” and finally–with your help–to one of the great comeback stories in U.S. history.


About the SS United States:

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In her heyday, the ship welcomed celebrities from the golden age of Hollywood, such as Marilyn Monroe, Judy Garland, Mahalia Jackson, Salvador Dalí, Grace Kelly, and Joan Crawford. During the 1964 New York World’s Fair, it was touted as the fastest and most luxurious way to travel to Europe.
With the advent of jet technology, however, overseas travel began to look less exciting and became less profitable. In 1969, the SS United was abruptly withdrawn from service while docked in Newport News, Virginia for annual maintenance. She was moved to South Philadelphia in 1996 where she remains today.

The SS United States Conservancy purchased the ship outright in February 2011. They hope to find a new purpose for the fastest, finest, and largest ocean liner ever to be built in the United States.

Want to get in touch with the SS United States Conservancy’s New York Chapter? Drop them a line at newyork@ssusc.org

June 24: Bicycle Fetish Day 2017

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This year Bicycle Fetish Day becomes a teenager! We’re gearing up for our 13th annual family-friendly block party for bikes. Meet us on Havemeyer St. between Hope & Grand Streets in Williamsburgh, Brooklyn on Saturday, June 24, from 12 noon to 6 PM. Free and open to the public!  

Join us at our family-friendly event to celebrate NYC diversity and bicycles. Love your Bicycle? Bring your two-wheeled pride and joy and show it off. You could win a trophy, prizes, and a year of bragging rights!

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This year’s street party for two-wheel transportation includes:

  • Classic Bicycles, Mutant Bicycles, Handmade Bicycles, unicycles, vintage BMX, Cargo Bikes, and more from clubs, nerds, & enthusiasts devoted to the bicycle!
  • Badass bike skills on display all day!
  • Music to get you dancing in the street!
  • An Alley Cat/Fun Ride!

and

BIKE COMPETITIONS!

Judging starts at 2 PM. Categories include:

2:00 – Best Commuter Bike
2:30 – Best Vintage Bike
3:00 – Best Small-Wheel Bike
3:30 – Cargo Bike
4:00 – Best Handmade Bike
4:30 – Ugliest Bike
5:00 – Kids Bikes
&
**5:30 – Best In Show**

See you on the street!


About The City Reliquary Museum:

The City Reliquary Museum & Civic Organization preserves the everyday artifacts that connect visitors to the past and present of New York City. It was originally established in 2002 as an apartment window display at the corner of Grand and Havemeyer Streets in Williamsburgh. It relocated to 370 Metropolitan Avenue in 2006. The Reliquary also hosts public events that invite neighbors and visitors to meet, exchange ideas, and celebrate the diversity of our city.

Location: 370 Metropolitan Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11211; Hours: Thursday–Sunday, 12pm–6pm. Admission: $5 general; $4 educators/college students/seniors; Free to employees of all museums foreign & domestic and children 12 & under; Website: cityreliquary.org; Phone: (718) 782-4842; Email: info@cityreliquary.org

June 3: Opening Reception for Closet Archaeology: An Accidental Time Capsule

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Saturday, June 3 @ 2 PM
Admission: $5

In the winter of 2015 in the Children’s Workshop School in the East Village, a Manhattan fourth grader peered into the dusty crevices beneath his classroom closet floorboards. He wondered what treasures might have fallen there in the 104 years since the building was constructed. His classmates took notice and joined him in poking under the boards and pulling out artifacts of everyday life.

Through this “closet archaeology,” the students excavated an accidental time capsule built over a century by the students who had also once sat in their classroom. These junior archaeologists have unearthed love notes, spelling tests, caps from glass milk bottles, portraits of silent film stars, penny candy wrappers, and more. They have even found former students, now adults, who remember losing these items. The project was covered in The New York Times. Miriam Sicherman runs the Closet Archaeology Instagram account.

The City Reliquary is proud to present the first formal exhibition of Closet Archaeology after featuring it at Collectors’ Night 2017.

The Opening Reception on Sat., June 3 at 2 PM will include presentations from some of the junior archaeologists from the Children’s Workshop School as well as professional collectors and anthropologists:

Beverages available by suggested donation, with beer courtesy of The Brooklyn Brewery.

See the slideshow below for a selection of objects, and see even more of Miriam’s students’ finds on the Closet Archaeology Instagram.

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May 6: Obscura Day Kickoff Party with NYC Trivia

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Saturday, May 6, 11 AM – 1 PM
Hosted by New York Obscura Society
Admission: $12

The City Reliquary is proud to host the kickoff party for Obscura Day 2017. Awaken your mind with a special morning session celebrating exploration and observation. Enjoy free coffee from Oslo Coffee Roasters and beer and shandy cocktails from The Brooklyn Brewery for a suggested donation from the treehouse bar in our backyard garden.

Test the obscurity of your NYC knowledge with trivia hosted by Atlas Obscura resident quizmaster and staff writer, Eric Grundhauser. New York know-it-alls of all ages are invited (but not required!) to participate. Topics will include the Reliquary collection, everyday New York sights, and the hidden wonders of our city. Trivia begins at 11:30 AM.

Join the Facebook event!

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Tickets available through Eventbrite. Advance Tickets Only. All Sales Final. No Refunds or Exchanges.

QUESTIONS?
Email Larissa Hayden at larissa.hayden@atlasobscura.com

May 5: Rebel Women Remember the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire

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ca. 1916, Manhattan, New York, New York, USA — Female garment workers striking on May Day fashion a negligee as a banner. ca. 1916, New York City. — Image by © CORBIS

A fundraiser for the Remember the Triangle Fire Coalition
Friday, May 5, 7-9 PM
Online Admission: $7/$5 Reliquary Members
Door Admission: $10/$8 Reliquary Members


Join us at the closing of our front-room exhibition of Robin Berson’s Triangle Fire Memorial Quilt, for an evening of remembrance through performance, poetry, and song. This event takes place in the week of May Day, International Workers’ Day.


Event Program

Robin Berson: A presentation on the Triangle Fire Memorial Quilt

Bracha Nechama Bomze: Reading of the Triangle Fire segment from her book-length poem, Love Justice

Phyllis Capello: Telling the story of how she came to write her prizewinning poem: Factory Girls, Bangkok followed by performing a song inspired by the young women who perished in the Triangle fire.

Paola Corso: Reading from Once I Was Told the Air Was Not for Breathing.

Annie Rachele Lanzillotto:  Performing her iconic songs Ballad of Joe Zito (elevator operator at the Triangle Factory) and Girls Girls, Where Did You Work Last Night? 

LuLu LoLo: Performing an excerpt from her play Soliloquy for a Seamstress: The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire and Rose Schneiderman’s historic speech of April 2, 1911

Mary Anne Trasciatti:  Reading a brief excerpt from the autobiography of the original Rebel Girl, Elizabeth Gurley Flynn

April 28: Potluck with Reboot & Beyond Bubbie

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Admission Variable (See below)

The City Reliquary welcomes the Reboot initiative Beyond Bubbie for an informal Shabbat-style potluck dinner and storytelling event.

Celebrate the rich, diverse narratives of New York City food culture through a dinner in the Reliquary garden. Share tales of your grandmother’s casseroles, your favorite bodega bacon-egg-and-cheese, or your go-to dim sum spot. Marinate in stories from neighbors spanning boroughs and generations while noshing on dishes from kitchens in all corners of the city.

Potluck participants should bring a food that evokes a memory. All guests are invited to bring a prop, poem, or song–something non-edible to facilitate sharing a story with the group.

Scared to share? Contact Zoe Penina Baker from Reboot for help workshopping your story.

Admission:
If bringing a dish: $2 online/$5 at door. You must have the dish with you for entry at this price.

General admission: $9 online/$12 at door

City Reliquary members: $7 online/$10 at door

Online tickets available through Artfully.

This event is part of the public programs for the current Reliquary exhibition Heroes of the Knish. This show explores the intersections of memory, food culture, and the immigrant history of New York City.


About Reboot:

Reboot affirms the value of Jewish traditions and creates new ways for people to make them their own.

Inspired by Judaism’s embrace of the arts, humor, food, philosophy, and social justice, we produce creative projects that spark the interest of young Jews and the larger community. Among our productions are events, exhibitions, recordings, books, films, DIY activity toolkits, and apps.

Since our inception, 480 network members, 700 organizational partners, and hundreds of thousands of people have looked to Reboot to rekindle connections and re-imagine Jewish lives full of meaning, creativity, and joy.

Projects include The National Day of Unplugging/Sabbath ManifestoThe FRIDAY AppThe Kibitz Podcast10QreBarSix-Word Memoirs on Jewish LifeBeyond Bubbie, and Unscrolled.

 

Collectors’ Night 2017

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Collectors’ Night 2017
New York City Fire Museum, 278 Spring Street, NY, NY
Saturday, April 8 @ 5 PM
Online admission: $7/$5 Reliquary or Fire Museum members
Door admission: $10/$8 Reliquary or Fire members
Join the Facebook event

The City Reliquary Museum is proud to present its annual Collectors’ Night on Saturday, April 8 at the New York City Fire Museum. Collectors’ Night celebrates one of the quirkier cultural practices of everyday New Yorkers. Every year, artists, packrats, and other unusual archivists gather to show off their collections. Displays range from the charming and quotidian to the intriguingly morbid. Special presentations by guest speakers focus on a specific area of collecting.


Collectors’ Night 2017 Guest Speakers:

Schoolteacher Miriam Sicherman of the “Closet Archeology” project will discuss the early 20th-century debris found by her 4th graders under the floorboards of their 1913 NYC public school. See coverage from the New York Times.

Mike Zohn of Obscura Antiques & Oddities will discuss his collection of original artwork from 1960s & ’70s Mexican comic books.

And a special performance from artist and activist LuLu LoLo of the Where Are The Women Monuments project. LuLu will perform two short monologues drawn from the obituaries of Elizabeth Tashjian, founder of The Nut Museum, and Hugh Hicks, whose massive light bulb collection formed the Mount Vernon Museum of Incandescent Lighting.

This year collections:

  • Industrial Revolution and Mechanical Era ephemera from Museum of Interesting Things. With interactive demonstrations.
  • Rare maps, books and photos chronicling the history of Queens from Jason Antos
  • Coca-Cola ephemera from David Argov
  • 100 years of paper, cardboard and self-playing ephemeral records from Michael Cumella aka Phonograph DJ MAC. Some records will be played on site.
  • 12 reproduction mechanical banks from Georgine and Bill Eberight. Includes coin demos.
  • Vintage cartoon decals, illustrated aprons, cocktail napkins, and more comic ephemera from Gabe Fowler of Desert Island Comics
  • Business cards of Chicago gangs from the 1970s & ’80s from Brandon Johnson. Brandon’s collection of gang “compliment cards” has been published as Thee Almighty & Insane. The book has been reviewed by Vice.
  • Preserved insects from Jamison Heldrich
  • Beach and sea glass collected in New York from Emily Kawasaki
  • Vintage hats & handkerchiefs from artist and activist LuLu LoLo
  • Found fishing lures and metal tins from different countries from Gail Mitchell
  • Road maps from Alex Schneider
  • Classic educational filmstrips from Jonathan Sims. With projection of some strips.
  • Collections of rock collections acquired from friends, family, states, and geological societies from artist Ben Sisto
  • 1950s lady head vases from Lisa and Nina Skriloff
  • Star Wars items, mounted mini orchids, and wheat pennies from Mike Smith
  • Mid-century desk lamps from Ronda J. Smith and Adrien Blanc
  • WWII family ephemera and vintage potato ads from Harley Spiller, aka Inspector Collector
  • Archival 16mm vintage cartoons by Tommy Stathes of Cartoons on Film. Screenings throughout the night.
  • Over 100 1:64-scale police, fire and emergency vehicles, with many international police cars and rare items from Corgi, Solido, Siku, Matchbox, Hot Wheels and Tomica, from Jeremy Willinger
  • And the City Reliquary Kid Collectors! Featuring the collection of “O” shapes from Opal Herman, the geisha doll collection of Rosie Herman, the miniature action figures of Gwen Rosenstein, and the Beanie Boo & Pokemon collection of Olive Scanga!

Event Schedule

5:00-5:30: DJ music by Nigel; Pizza by Two Boots & Beer by Brooklyn Brewery (by donation); time to browse collections

5:30-6:00: Introduction to CN by CR President Bill Scanga; Round 1 of Rapid-Fire Show-n-Tell

6:00-6:15Intermission

6:15-7:15: Speakers: Miriam Sicherman’s Closet Archeology; LuLu LoLo performance; Mike Zohn’s Mexican Comic Art

7:15-7:30: Second Intermission

7:30- 8:00: Round 2 of Rapid-Fire Show-n-Tell Closing remarks by CR Director Dave Herman

Refreshments courtesy of Brooklyn Brewery and Two Boots Pizza!

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Tickets through Artfully, $7/$5 for City Reliquary or Fire Museum members. Become a Reliquary member todayAdmission at the door will be $10/$8 Reliquary and Fire Museum members. Buy online and save!

Check out a few pics from Collectors’ Night 2016, and see more on our Facebook page.

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American Life Through Muslim Eyes: Perspectives From Mother & Son

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American Life Through Muslim Eyes
Perspectives From Mother & Son

Thursday, March 2 @ 7 PM
$10/$8 Reliquary Members

Join us as Sabeeha Rehman reads from her highly acclaimed book, Threading My Prayer Rug. This collection of Sabeeha’s memoirs presents humorous and poignant moments from her life as a Muslim woman who immigrated from Pakistan to the US. The evening will include a discussion with Sabeeha and her son, Asim Rehman, about their personal experiences and perspectives as Muslim-Americans.

“Rehman lends a strong and compelling voice to moderate Muslims, and her discussion of her faith and the areas she believes need modernization illustrate the different opinions within the Muslim community.”—Library Journal

“With sparkling anecdotes . . . Rehman’s spirited debut memoir illuminates the challenges of living an authentically Muslim life in America.”—Publishers Weekly

“Rehman’s personal journey is her own, but speaks broadly to all immigrant journeys in contemporary America. With so much discussion about immigrants from Muslim in the national conversation, it’s good to have a story with this unique perspective. . . . we see how she navigates American society, retains her identity and passes it on to her children and community, accepts becoming an American, modifies some of her traditions while manufacturing new ones, and enriches her own life and the lives of those around her—thus weaving her contribution into the fabric of America, and enriching the American tapestry.” — Booklist (starred review) & Top 10 Religion & Spirituality Books of 2016

Booklist also listed Threading My Prayer Rug as one of their Top 10 Diverse Nonfiction Books for 2017.

Space is limited for this event. We strongly suggest buying tix in advance thru Artfully.

This event is part of Beyond Patience & Fortitude, a series sponsored by The City Reliquary to promote advocacy and civic action while celebrating the diversity of NYC.

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About the speakers:

SabeehaSabeeha Rehman was born and raised in Pakistan. She came to the United States in 1971, after a hurried arranged marriage to a Pakistani doctor in New York. With a bachelor’s degree in Home Economics, she settled into the life of a homemaker. Once both her sons were enrolled full-time in school, she went back to school to get her master’s in Healthcare Administration, and began her 25-year career as a hospital administrator. Her career spanned hospitals in New York, New Jersey, and Saudi Arabia. Raising children Muslim in the absence of a Muslim community was a daunting challenge. With time running out, in the early 1980s, she began the work of establishing a Muslim community on Staten Island, which culminated in the building of a mosque. She has spent the last several decades in engaging in an interfaith dialogue with faith communities. She volunteered as the Director of Interfaith Programs at the American Society for Muslim Advancement; and served as the Chief Operating Officer at The Cordoba Initiative, a multi-faith organization dedicated to building bridges between Muslims and the West.

Asim RehmanAsim Rehman is a Co-Founder and former President of the Muslim Bar Association of New York, through which he worked on various police accountability issues. An expert on civil liberties issues, he has testified before the United States Commission on Civil Rights regarding government engagement with Arab and Muslim communities in a post 9/11 world. Mr. Rehman received his J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School and undergraduate degree from Haverford College.