Posts Tagged ‘Events’

Collector’s Night: Pilgrimages

For those who have yet to attend, on the third Thursday of every month the City Reliquary Museum hosts an event called “Collector’s Night.” Here, people are invited to bring in an object that has an particularly interesting story and share with the rest of the group.

As Paul, the event’s host, demonstrated, the item can be anything from something you carry around every day to an object fragile enough to rarely leave the house. For his example, Paul showed veteran and first-time collectors how something he has carried on his key-chain for over twenty years can still be intriguing.

After Paul’s introduction, this Collector’s Night first-timer shared something from her personal collection that, unlike Paul’s coin, rarely leaves her house.

After taking a series of self-described “soul-sucking jobs,” this visitor felt like she needed a break from city life as well as her employers. Through intensive research, she came across El Camino de Santiago de Compostela, or The Way of Saint James. This pilgrimage can begin in one of several places and ends at the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela in Galicia, Spain, where it is said that a piece of the True Cross is held in their reliquary as well as the bones of Saint James the Apostle.

During each pilgrim’s trek, they have to bring a booklet, which they get stamped at several checkpoints. In order to be allowed to continue on your pilgrimage you must have your paper stamped by the previous stops. This paper is what this collector chose to bring in for the night.

At over 500 miles long, the pilgrimage can take both a physical and emotional toll on those who choose to undertake it. While our guest did not walk the entire path, she did describe how she was changed for the better in the bit that she did walk. In addition to meeting new people, she also changed her outlook on life and her career choices. While she did return to the same type of job that she held before the pilgrimage, she did come to look at it in a new way and appreciate the work she was doing.

For more information on El Camino de Santiago de Compostela visit this website.

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!

NOW: In History August with Resident Geologist Nikolas K. Sokol

Third Thursday at the City Reliquary: New Critics Speak New York

Third Thursday at the City Reliquary:
New Critics Speak New York
D-Crit Readings at the City Reliquary Museum

Join recent graduates from the Design Criticism program at SVA as they consider design stories, history and ephemera in the city of New York. We will start in Willets Point with your urban adventure guide, Alan Rapp, as he explores a neighborhood curiously missing from the urban gird. Sarah Froelich bridges the Queens/Manhattan divide with her personal essay unwrapping the visual metaphors of the Queensboro Bridge. Midtown mysteries are revealed in John Cantwell’s presentation, as we learn who exactly design the Trump Tower’s signage. The eccentricity of pop-culture is dimensionalized in Chappell Ellison’s look into the transformation of the Movie Palace into the modern day Multiplex. And if you are mourning the loss of cultural icons such as the Roxy Theatre, join Angela Riechers on an audio boat tour of memorial landmarks across the city’s perimeter. This program was organized by fellow design critic Amelia Black and Molly Surno, of the City Reliquary Museum.

D-Crit is a pioneering masters program where students research, analyze and evaluate design and its social and environmental implications. Drawing on the broadest possible definition of design, the curriculum includes graphic, Web and product design as well as fashion, urban planning and network systems. Find more information on the website ( as well as on our own website at

Thursday August 19th 2010
FREE at The City Reliquary.
Brooklyn Beer will be sold for a cheap donation.

370 Metropolitan Avenue at Havemeyer

Featured Critics:
John Cantwell
Sarah Froelich
Alan Rapp
Angela Riechers

Forgotten City Lights

A Photographic Archive of NYC’s Street Lamposts
Curated by “Forgotten New York” author and webmaster, Kevin Walsh and NYC transit employee and enthusiast, Bob Mulero

Join us on July 15th from 7-10 pm for the opening reception of a truly illuminating exhibition, FORGOTTEN CITY LIGHTS: A Photographic Archive of NYC’s Street Lamposts. This show focuses on the often ignored but always overhead variants and styles of NYC street lamps.

With photographs taken over the past 30+ years by Bob Mulero, an employee of the MTA and an avid toy collector, Mr. Mulero has been cataloging hundreds of New York’s lampposts since the 1970s. Mr. Mulero is joined in his efforts by the (seemingly) omniscient Kevin Walsh, whose website Forgotten NY chronicles (what appears to be) every single corner, cul-de-sac, dead-end, roundabout, and street direction in New York City.

July 15th, 7-10pm, FREE!
Refreshments by Brooklyn Brewery
Donations gratefully accepted.

NOW: In History! Barnet Schecter on The Civil War Draft Riots of July 1863

NOW: In History!
The monthly live newsreel presentation at
Brooklyn’s FIRST Carnegie Library in Williamsburgh.
Tuesday, July 16th 2010
Refreshments at 6:00 PM, Lecture at 6:30 PM
Williamsburgh Library, 240 Division Ave. at Marcy Ave

The Second installment of: NOW: In History! at the Williamsburgh Library Auditorium
will feature New York City historian and author of “The Devil’s Own Work,”
Barnet Schecter on the topic of…
The Civil War Draft Riots of July 1863

About “NOW: In History!”… This new lecture series brings prominent authors, historians, and experts on New York City History to this LANDMARK BUILDING in Southside Williamsburgh. Each lecture is themed after a historic event which occurred during that month in NYC history.

About the Williamsburgh Library… With imminent Brooklyn Public Library budget cuts topping over $20 Million and a massive borough-wide cutback on library hours and resources, the historic Williamsburgh Library is losing critical funding. This new program series aims to bring the attention of those who love our local history to a public institute deserving of its support.

At the Williamsburgh Library, 240 Division Ave. @ Marcy Ave. Bklyn, NY 11211
t. 718-302-3485
Admission to all BPL programs is FREE.
Donations to the “Support our Shelves” campaign will be gratefully accepted!

THurd THursday Presents: Rattle & Megan Reilly

Stop by the City Reliquary this THurd THursday, June 17th, for a musical concert of civic proportions. Performing on our backyard stage, not one, not three, but two luminaries of the Brooklyn lo-hi musical ephemera, to perfectly fit our quirky museum categories. Both acts will be performing to suit your musical ears, and as always, Brooklyn Beer will be served nicely chilled. $5 suggested donation, doors open at 7 and the music gets going promptly at 8.

Rattle is a new band comprising Pat Gubler (guitar), Greg Peterson (guitar), Sue Garner (bass) and Rick Brown (drums and electronics). Its members, all of whom also sing, have played in NY for many years in various groups including The Scene Is Now, P.G. Six, Run On, Batillus, The Shams, Metal Mountains and V-Effect. Rattle uses the classic instrumentation of rock music but the result has touches of ambient electronics and Appalachian harmonies, hints of folk-rock and inspirations as varied as black metal and Haitian rara.

Memphis native Megan Reilly’s Let Your Ghost Go “comes on like a fever-dream, slow, hot and swooning, brimming with love and death and sadness and joy…a voice both hazy and powerfully direct…a wonderful, timeless sophomore record of quiet, haunting country pop.” (Other Music) It received 4-Stars from Uncut magazine. “Drop dead gorgeous, melancholy folk-pop of the highest order.” (No Depression) “… as if Dolly Parton sang in her sleep and occasionally wailed in terror at a nightmare.” (Dallas Observer) She’s currently at work on her third album.

June 17th, 7-10pm
$5 suggested donation
At the City Reliquary, 370 Metropolitan Avenue
Williamsburg, Brooklyn

Student Exhibition Opens THis THurd THursday: Thursday, June 17, 2010

Urban Memory Project and City Reliquary Museum worked with 20 students and their teacher at the Lyons Community School to study the history and trends of Williamsburg, and to capture their observations with photography. The result is a collection of beautiful photographs that document this neighborhood in transition.

The opening will begin at 5:30pm


Crest Fest 2010!

Saturday, June 19th 2010, 12:00 noon

The profits from this year’s annual Crest Fest 2010 at Crest Hardware, will support the City Reliquary Museum & Civic Organization!

Join us for the opening day celebration of the Crest Hardware Art Show. Crest Fest 2010 brings the community together with art, food, drinks, live music and local vendors.

3rd Ward will be there with bikes, workshops, a photobooth and food! Located at 558 Metropolitan Ave. between Union and Lorimer Sts.

6th Annual Bicycle Fetish Day, Saturday, May 22nd, 2010

WILLIAMSBURGH – It’s a block party for your bicycle! Come and celebrate at our sixth annual Bicycle Fetish Day from noon til night on Havemeyer Street between Grand and Metropolitan Avenues. Biking activities, bike competitions, bike rides, bicycle advocacy groups and artists selling their wares. With a BBQ grill and more, how could you miss this yearly celebration of all things bicycle.