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The 10th Annual Panorama Challenge

Contestants at Pano Chal 9 in 2016.

Contestants at Pano Chal 9 in 2016.

The 10th Annual Panorama Challenge
Saturday, March 4, 2017

The City Reliquary Museum, Queens Museum, & The Levys’ Unique New York! Partner for a Unique Evening of Trivia!
Queens Museum: New York City Building
Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, Queens, NY 11368

Tickets Available Now!!
General Admission: $15 online/$20 at door
City Reliquary & Queens Museum members: $12 online/$15 at door

SEEKING KNOW‐IT‐ALL NEW YORKERS AND LOVERS OF NYC! Meet us at the world’s largest architectural scale model – The Queens Museum Panorama of the City of New York – for a most unusual evening of trivia with the whole city at your feet! Proceeds support The City Reliquary Museum and Queens Museum.

Panorama Challenge quizzes participants about our city while judges highlight clues on the Panorama with laser pointers. Teams of 10 (or so) will use those clues and musical hints to answer questions about our fair city.

Jonathan Turer, in his sixth year as Quizmaster, has devised brand-new questions! New for 2017: Open House New York has joined us to create a category based on their upcoming series Getting to Zero: New York + Waste. Other categories include: Seinfeld, Snow in the City; Traveling by Subway; Mills, Mills, Mills; and Forts of NY. In light of BREXIT and the 2016 Presidential Election, the Halftime Quiz will feature questions based on British NYC and the Trumps.

Teams may be organized as a Panorama Challenger or Panorama Pro. Challengers are first‐timers who may not have dedicated their lives to the study of NYC. Their questions will be easier! Pros are returning contestants who are die‐hard students of our city’s hidden corners. They answer twice as many questions each round (60 total!) Worry not, friendly guides from The Levys’ Unique New York! will help match contestants to teams.

The winning Pro team will join the ranks of legendary past winners when its name is etched on the Panorama Challenge Trophy at the Queens Museum!

This year’s impressive panel of judges includes award‐winning Dean of NYC Guides Lee Gelber; author and award‐winning webmaster of Forgotten NY Kevin Walsh; author and urban explorer Moses Gates; two-time Panorama Challenge winner Mitch Paluszek; and Manhattan Borough Historian Michael Miscione.

While scores are tallied, there will be an electrifying performance by Batalá New York — an all-woman Afro-Brazilian samba reggae percussion band!

Beverages, sandwiches, and snacks available for purchase with beer from our friends at the Rockaway Brewing Company. Proceeds from admission and concessions support The City Reliquary Museum and Queens Museum. A free shuttle will travel between the Queens Museum and underneath the Mets‐Willets Point 7 stop from 5-6pm and from to 9-10 pm.


The Levys’ Unique New York! NY’s First Family of Tour Guides, is a family-run business of native New Yorkers: Mark and Matt Levy. The Levys’ Unique New York creates engaging, entertaining, educational and energetic private tours of NYC. From New York City Highlights to Architecture, Ethnic Eating Tours of Chinatown & the Jewish Lower East Side to Brooklyn’s Beat, we are passionate about our great city. Website: levysuniqueny.com

The Queens Museum in Flushing Meadows Corona Park features contemporary art, events of hyperlocal and international impact, and educational programs reflecting the diversity of Queens and New York City. Changing exhibitions present the work of emerging and established artists, both local and global, that often explore contemporary social issues, as well as the rich history of its site. In November 2013, the Museum reopened with an expanded footprint of 105,000 square feet, a soaring skylit atrium, a suite of daylight galleries, 9 artist studios, and flexible event space. The Museum works outside its walls through engagement initiatives ranging from multilingual outreach and educational opportunities for adult immigrants, to a plethora of community led art and activism projects. The Museum’s educational programming connects with schoolchildren, teens, families, seniors as well as those individuals with physical and mental disabilities. The Queens Museum is located on property owned in full by the City of New York, and its operation is made possible in part by public funds provided through the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.

The Museum’s hours are: ThursdaySunday: 11am – 5p.m. Admission to the Museum is by suggested donation: $8 for adults, $4 for seniors, Free for children 18 and under. For general visitor information, please visit queensmuseum.org or call 718-592- 9700.

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 as an apartment window display in 2002 at the corner of Grand and Havemeyer Streets and 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 college students/educators/seniors; children 12 & under free. Website: cityreliquary.org Phone: 718.RU.CIVIC (782.4842)

Heroes of the Knish: Making a Living and Making a Life

Photo Credit: Barbara Pfeffer

Photo Credit: Barbara Pfeffer

The City Reliquary presents:
Heroes of the Knish: Making a Living and Making a Life
Sunday, Feb. 12 – May 7, 2017
Opening reception: Sunday, February 12 @ 2 PM
(Curator’s talk and Knish Trivia @ 3PM)
$10/$8 Reliquary members

Heroes of the Knish: Making a Living and Making a Life tells the story of courageous women and men who churned out potato pies and paved lives for themselves and their families. The exhibit is curated by Laura Silver, award-winning author of Knish: In Search of the Jewish Soul Food (Brandeis, 2014).

At the opening reception on Sunday, February 12, Silver, known as the world’s leading expert on the knish, will deliver an illustrated talk on the sultry side of the potato pie. Aphrodisiac, inspiration for off-color jokes, and fount of feminism, the knish has been a hot commodity in New York City for over a decade.

Attendees can cut their teeth on knish trivia while noshing on round and square versions of this classic street food from Knishery NYC and Gabila’s Knishes! Tickets on sale now! Admission includes one knish and pickles. Beverages available by suggested donation.

From the Lower East Side of Manhattan to the Brooklyn seaside, the knish has become a standby on sidewalk carts and at ethnic eateries in the five boroughs and beyond. Since its arrival on these shores with Jewish immigrants from Eastern Europe in the early 20th century, the knish — whose origins can be traced to rural Poland of the 1600s — has wedged itself into the hearts, guts, and psyches of New Yorkers of all stripes.

The exhibit introduces legendary and lesser-known knish kings and queens who have made their mark on New York City over the last century. It showcases a never-before-assembled collection of artifacts, archival materials, and stories from knish purveyors past and present. Items on display include a stock certificate from Mrs. Stahl’s Knishes of Brighton Beach, the knish correspondence of First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt; a song about Ruby the Knishman, who sold potato pies to schoolkids in Canarsie; and chronicles of the Knish Crisis of 2013, when, following a factory fire, Gabila’s was forced to stop production of square, Coney Island-style knishes for nearly six months.

See a few images from this show:

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About the Curator:
Laura Silver is a third-generation New Yorker and the award-winning author of Knish: In Search of the Jewish Soul Food (Brandeis, 2014). Her research on the humble hunk of dough spanned seven years, three continents and all five boroughs of her hometown. Silver’s work on the knish has been featured on NPR, WNYC,  in major outlets in Canada, Germany and Poland, and on Al-Jazeera America. The New York Times called her book “whimsical, mouthwatering and edifying.”


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 as an apartment window display in 2002 at the corner of Grand and Havemeyer Streets and 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 college students/educators/seniors; children 12 & under free; Website: cityreliquary.org; Phone: 718-782-4842; Email: info@cityreliquary.org

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 Artful.ly!

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 info@cityreliquary.org

The 9th Annual Panorama Challenge!

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 Artful.ly 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.

 

Ascenzi Square: Sons of Williamsburgh: The Family History of a Neighborhood Landmark

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September 10, 2015 – January 10, 2016
Opening Reception: September 13, 2015, 3 – 6 PM (light refreshments)

Steps from The City Reliquary sits Ascenzi Square, an unassuming wedge of green space at the intersection of North 4th Street, Metropolitan Avenue, and Roebling Street. This site is often passed over in the daily chaos of the city. Few people use the sidewalk around the space, which is often blocked from view by a car service lineup and ambulances from EMS Station 35. Yet it is a living tribute to the patriotism and sacrifice of four sons of Williamsburgh: the Ascenzi brothers who fought in World War I. Of the four, only two came home.

The City Reliquary will chronicle the Ascenzi family and Ascenzi Square through photographs and artifacts loaned by Marion Ascenzi Duckworth Smith, daughter to one of the surviving Ascenzi brothers, Charles. In illustrating the history of the memorial and the family it honors, the exhibit aims to illuminate an obscure part of Williamsburgh history. Curated by Marion Ascenzi Duckworth Smith, a native of Williamsburgh. She now lives in the Lent-Riker-Smith Homestead, the oldest inhabited dwelling in New York City.

Exhibition Images:

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The front room of the Reliquary will display “Tower Records” during this time. The closing reception for the current Community Collections display, “Joseph Kopitz’s Souvenir Buildings“, will also occur on Sept. 13.

Opening Reception for Like a Virgin: Madonnas and Madonna from the Collection of Kay Turner

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The City Reliquary Museum presents
Like a Virgin: Madonnas and Madonna from the Collection of Kay Turner
On View Dec. 3, 2015 – Feb. 28, 2016
Opening Reception: Dec. 8 at 7 PM

The City Reliquary proudly presents the Community Collections display of images of the Virgin Mary from folklorist, artist, and Williamsburg resident Kay Turner. Turner has a long-term scholarly interest in representations of the Virgin and a consequent personal interest in images of the pop star Madonna. She is an expert in folk Catholic belief and has collected numerous images of the Virgin Mary in forms such as altar statues, planters, medallions, and even emblazoned on pillowcases and socks. Turner’s collection presents a powerful female figure beloved by believers and non-believers alike through the lenses of faith, art, fashion, and kitsch.

Turner will discuss her collection at the opening reception for this Community Collections display on Dec. 8 at 7 PM, the Feast Day of the Immaculate Conception of Mary. Light refreshments will be served.

Kay Turner served as Folk Arts Director for the Brooklyn Arts Council from 2000 to 2014. Turner initiated numerous field research projects resulting in public programs such as Praise in the Park: Musical Expressions of Faith; Williamsburg Bridge 100th Anniversary Celebration; and Brooklyn Maqam: Arab Music Festival. Turner continues to teach as Adjunct Professor in the Performance Studies Graduate Program at New York University. She holds a Ph.D. in Folklore and Anthropology from the University of Texas, Austin. Among her publications are Beautiful Necessity: The Art and Meaning of Women’s Altars (Thames and Hudson); I Dream of Madonna: Women’s Dreams of the Goddess of Pop (Harper Collins); and Transgressive Tales: Queering the Grimms (Wayne State University Press). Turner was recently elected President of the American Folklore Society (2016 – 2018). Turner, also a performer and musician, is currently at work on a book and performance project called What a Witch, a rethinking of the fairy tale witch in folklore and popular culture.

Panorama Challenge VIII

Friday, March 6 at 7:00pm – 10:00pm

Join Levy’s Unique New York to participate in the world’s only geographical trivia-based game night at the world’s largest panorama – The Panorama of the City of New York at the Queens Museum! Plus a special performance by Batala!

Admission: $15 per person, or $7 for members of Queens Museum or City Reliquary Museum (member tickets available only on site).
Buy Tickets Now!
Proceeds from admission and concessions support the City Reliquary Museum and Queens Museum.

The Panorama Challenge poses a variety of questions about city landmarks, bridges, neighborhoods, parks and more. Each location will be pinpointed by one of the Levy’s Unique New York team (NYC’s First Family of Tour Guides) who will be wielding laser pointers. Teams of 10 (or so) will play either as a Panorama Challenger or Panorama Pro team. Challenger teams are first-timers or those who may not have dedicated their lives to the study of our great city. Pros are returning contestants who are die-hard students of our city’s hidden corners – and must answer an extra question each round (60 questions total!). Identify the most locations and your team will have their name etched on the trophy at the Queens Museum!

Buy Tickets Now!

7th Annual Panorama Challenge

March 7th
Doors at 6pm | Quiz at 7pm
At The Queens Museum of Art
$15 – includes a free beer (for those of drinking age). All proceeds support the City Reliquary Museum.
Buy Tickets Now!

Panorama of the City of New York at the Queens Museum
Participate in the world’s only geographical trivia-based game night at the world’s largest panorama – The Panorama of the City of New York!

The Panorama Challenge involves questions about assorted city landmarks, bridges, neighborhoods, parks and more. Identify the most locations and your team will have their name etched on the trophy at the Queens Museum!

Your Quizmaster

Returning for his fourth year as Quizmaster, Jonathan Turer has devised 30 all new questions! Some of this year’s categories include: “I heard it on the 1010 WINS traffic report” and “It happened 15/20/25 Years Ago” and “It Happened 30/40/50 Years Ago” So listen to the radio and study up on your history!

The Judges

Our panel of All-Star Judges include

  • Manhattan Borough Historian Michael Miscione
  • The Dean of NYC Tour Guides Lee Gelber
  • NYC Know-It-All Andy Sydor
  • Webmaster and Author of Forgotten-NY Kevin Walsh

Music, Drink and Food

Post-quiz, whilst we wait for the All-Star Judges to tally the scores, there will be an electrifying performance by Batala NYC– New York’s ONLY all-woman Brazilian drum corps!

Our wonderful friends at the Brooklyn Brewery will provide additional tasty beers, available by donation. Sandwiches and snacks will also be available for donation.

And a Shuttle

Free shuttle will be traveling between the Museum and the Mets-Willets Point 7 stop, both before and after the event.

The 6th Annual Panorama Challenge!

Presented by The Levys’ Unique New York! The Queens Museum of Art, & The City Reliquary present

Friday March 1st, 2013
Doors at 6pm / Panorama Challenge from 7-9pm
At the Queens Museum of Art: Flushing-Meadows Corona Park

$10 suggested donation
Brooklyn Brewery beer available for donation.
All proceeds go to support the City Reliquary Museum

RSVP your team with Mark@levysuniqueny.com
Don’t have a team? Sign up for one at the event!

CALLING ALL NYC KNOW-IT-ALLS and GEOGRAPHICAL GEEKS! Come to world’s only geographical trivia-based game night involving the world’s largest panorama – The Panorama of the City of New York! Participants will compete in teams of 10 (more or less ok!) to test their knowledge of New York City geography.

The Panorama Challenge involves audio clues and laser-pointers highlighting assorted NYC landmarks, bridges, neighborhoods, parks and more. Its your team’s job to identify all 30 locations. Laser-wielding tour guides from The Levys’ Unique New York! will make sure all present can see the location as the audio clue is explained out loud.

This year, Quizmaster Jonathan Turer has devised two levels of all new questions! Teams will be divided up into New York Novices and Panorama Pros, and every single geographical query with have two answers – one for the newbies and one for the seasoned aces. Which means that each team will have 2 chances to win.

There will be Essay Questions! Last year the creative answers in this category made the difference between winners and runners-up. This year the essay challenges should prove to be just as fun and just as crucial as last year. This year will also have song clues for those steeped in NYC’s musicology.

Our panel of All-Star Judges include the Dean of NYC Tour Guides Lee Gelber; NYC Know-It-All Andy Sydor & Webmaster and Author of Forgotten-NY Kevin Walsh. All three will be on hand to call the too-close-to-call answers as well as adjucate any quibbling (remember our critical rule #1: NO QUIBBLING!)

Victors will be crowned in each division; Novices and Pros. The triumphant Pros will see their team name join those of legendary past winners when it is added to the Museum’s Champions Trophy.

Whats more, our wonderful friends at the Brooklyn Brewery will be providing tasty beers, available by donation, samples of whiskey from Kings County Distillery, the first distillery in NYC since Prohibition for donations, plus sandwiches for sale from Hope Deli, on Havemeyer and Hope streets.

There will be a free shuttle travelling between the QMA and the Mets-Willets Point 7 stop.