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The First Ever Meals & Spiels

The City Reliquary Presents:
The First Ever Meals and Spiels:
An Evening of Dinner & Lectures about NYC Food!
April 27th, 2010 from 7-10pm at The Brooklyn Kitchen

WILLIAMSBURGH, BROOKLYN. The City Reliquary Museum and Civic Organization, in partnership with a host of Brooklyn’s finest purveyors of food, is putting on an event that is NOT to be missed. The First Ever Meals and Spiels, An Evening of Dinner & Lectures about NYC’s Food! Meals and Spiels is a dinner that will focus on the incredible food shops, breweries, bakeries, and kitchens of North Brooklyn. What’s more, each dish and beverage will pair with a lecture about the food on your fork and beverage in your glass!

All proceeds will go towards the City Reliquary’s operational funds, to keep us open to the community at large. Guests will take home a goody bag stuffed with City Reliquary souvenirs, a Not for Tourists guidebook and more!

The Vanishing Icons of Metropolitan Avenue: A History of Williamsburg’s Handmade Shop Signs from the 1980s

Stanley Wisniewolski with Work

Not so long ago, a number of retro, sculptural shop signs lent a distinctive flavor to the area just east of the BQE in Williamsburg, among them a giant paintbrush, a diamond ring and the hammer that’s still outside Crest Hardware on Metropolitan Avenue. Neighborhood resident and writer Karen Hudes looks into the story behind the signs, about 75 of which were crafted 30 years ago by an artist named Stanley Wisniewolski.

At the exhibit, photos from the city’s Municipal Archives bring to light Williamsburg’s streetscape in the ’80s, which was rich in oversized coffee cups, handbags and cows’ heads made out of Styrofoam marking each storefront. See a collection of Wisniewolski’s original signs on display, find out why the smoke shop installation caused such a stir, and take in the vision of one of the neighborhood’s pioneering graphic designers (who certainly wouldn’t be the last).

Opening party at The City Reliquary
April THurd THursday: April 15th, 2010 @ 7 PM
$3 Brooklyn Brewery beers
Exhibit runs through mid-July.

A Benefit Concert at the Knitting Factory St. Paddy’s Day Night 3/17

Reserve your St. Paddy’s Day Night 3/17

At the Knitting Factory, 361 Metropolitan Ave in the Williamsburgh section of Brooklyn
Doors @ 6PM, Show @ 7PM

6:00 PM – Doors open

7:00 PM – Cecilia Brauer, historic glass armonica virtuoso and lecturer

8:00 PM – Drink Me, acoustic duo and Fanta-bottle music

9:00 PM – Brian Dewan, with his auto-harp, accordian, melody gin, and “Civic Pride” film strip

10:00 PM – Frankenpine, the Brooklyn-based bluegrassy string band

11:00 PM – Lucky Chops, Laguardia High School grads’ New Orleans-style brass band

Tickets $20 available in advance at the Knitting Factory website.

The 3rd Annual Panorama Challenge!


QUEENS, NY! The Panorama Challenge is back! Come to the Queens Museum of Art on Friday, March 12th from 7-10pm to participate in the 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 to test their knowledge of New York City geography. Team members will be asked questions ranging from easy to difficulty as game controllers assist by highlighting landmarks, bridges, neighborhoods and other sites with far-reaching laser pointers. Admission is free and there will be beers sold and snacks served.

The Panorama of the City of New York, originally commissioned by Robert Moses for the 1964 World’s Fair, is the largest architectural scale model in the world. With a scale of 1 inch: 100 feet, the Panorama has always offered a truly unique view of the five boroughs, one that has left the millions who have seen it in awe. The Panorama made a triumphant return in February after undergoing a massive lighting and multimedia effects upgrade. Now featuring a twelve-minute tour of the model and the city it represents, the recently-upgraded Panorama will continue to transform how viewers experience this one of a kind treasure, and the city it captures in wonderful miniature.

The Levys’ Unique New York!, NY’s First Family of Tour Guides, will host this NYCentric event by pointing out notable icons of New York City via laser pointer as well as giving audio clues to assist the teams. NYCentric events are entertaining events that explore, spotlight and celebrate everything New York City. Produced and hosted monthly by The Levys’ Unique New York!. They aim to introduce New Yorkers and visitors alike to fascinating stories and locales of the city.

The funds raised will benefit The City Reliquary, a one-room museum of curiosities located in Williamsburgh, Brooklyn. A homegrown museum devoted exclusively to New York memorabilia, The City Reliquary’s collection is comprised of everything from fragments of Brooklyn Trolley cars and skyscrapers, to soil samples from all 5 boroughs and an extensive Statue of Liberty collection. Created and produced by Levys’ Unique New York!, New York’s first family of tour guides, performers and event impresarios, the Panorama Challenge is sure to educate and entertain New Yorkers of all walks of life.


Friday March 12th, 7-10pm
Queens Museum of Art: Flushing-Meadows Corona Park
FREE! Register your team with or 718-287-6177 by Thursday, March 11th

FIRE SALE: New York City Firefighter Date-Auction

Fire Sale

The City Reliquary Presents:
FIRE SALE: New York City Firefighter Date-Auction
One HOT Benefit!
February 18th 2010, 6 – 10pm

WILLIAMSBURGH, BROOKLYN: The horns are blaring, the people are cheering, and a handful of New York City Firemen are in the heat . . . of the spotlight for the City Reliquary’s upcoming benefit. You read that right – the City Reliquary, home of such salacious artifacts as vintage subway tokens and World’s Fair Memorabilia – are having a Date Auction. But not just any Date Auction – a FIRE SALE: New York City Firefighter Date-Auction; One HOT Benefit! – a real life opportunity to take one of New York’s Bravest out on the town for a night of romance and adventure. Who knows – they might let you taste their three-alarm chili! Firefighters from Williamsburgh’s 35th Battalion and beyond will be there for your perusal . . .

The City Reliquary’s Firefighter Date-Auction; One HOT Benefit also coincides with our current exhibit – Company Journals of the Southside Firehouse, curated by Firefighter Patty D’Emic of Hook and Ladder 104.

Because this event is simply too hot for our community museum, the Date Auction will take place at the Knitting Factory, at 361 Metropolitan Avenue, immediately across from The City Reliquary. Doors open at 6 and the Auction begins at 7. All proceeds from the door will go to help the City Reliquary raise direly needed operational expenses. Help us reach our seasonal goal of $20,000 by treating yourself to a hot date while you keep YOUR community museum from extinction.

FIRE SALE: New York City Firefighter Date-Auction; One HOT Benefit!
February 18th 2010, 6-10pm Doors open at 6, event begins at 7:30pm.
Admission: $20 and up, with all proceeds going to the City Reliquary
Firefighters: Bring ID for drink specials!

Halloween at The City Reliquary

The City Reliquary is proud to host the Southside Halloween Festival, an evening-long multi-disciplinary party with candy, music and games. Created especially for the City Reliquary and the Brooklyn Public Library, there will be an atmospheric adaptation of Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Cask of Amontillado,” Fortune Teller Mikaela Corbo sharing her gift to all who dare to listen, neighborhood students from El Puente performing a dance act specifically created for this event, local musician Jeff Davis playing the musical saw, games, refreshments, and a sideshow act! William Allgood will serve as the evening’s ghoulish Master of Ceremonies. There will be goody bags and candy for the young and old alike.

The Southside Halloween Festival is produced by local artists Stephen Cedars and Christina Latimer, and is sponsored, in part, by the Greater New York Arts Development Fund of the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, administered by the Brooklyn Arts Council (BAC).

Halloween Festival at the City Reliquary
Friday October 30th, 2009
8-11pm, FREE, Donations gratefully accepted.
370 Metropolitan Avenue at Havemeyer


In our backyard: Holopaw for CMJ Music Marathon!

Part of CMJ Music Marathon in NYC
Visit Band Site
Thursday, October 22nd @ 7pm

$5 Donations gratefully appreciated!

Hailing from Gainesville Florida, but steeped in the Brooklyn and Northeast indie-folk pop strains, Holopaw plays music that has sweetness and grit, longing and potential violence, lulling strings undercut by anxious guitars, lilting “la’s” turning sinister and demanding. Horns, keyboards, guitars, cymbals and harmonic convergences tell fairytales with unsure endings.



1st Annual Havemeyer Sugar Sweets Festival

October 10, 2009 / 12pm – 6pm / Havemeyer & Grand

Eat Sweet Treats! Support The Reliquary!

The Sugar Sweets Festival is a bake sale, baking competition and celebration of NYC’s best desserts past and present! Stroll on by or bring a baked good to sell–it will be a tasty afternoon on Havemeyer. The Fest will feature:

A Bake Sale

An army of Civic Bakers is donating homemade cookies, brownies, cakes, pies and more to a giant bake sale, proceeds of which will directly support The Reliquary.

Want to be a Civic Baker? Contact jtancil(at) to learn more. We want your treats!

Baking Competition

Think you are NYC’s best baker? Bring your tastiest treats to the Fest! We will be awarding prizes for:
• Best Chocolate Chip Cookie
• Best Pie
• Best Brownie
• Best Cake
• Mr. or Ms. Civic Baker

Baking Activities
Bring your whole family and enjoy:

  • Cookie Decorating
  • Homemade Playdough Making
  • The History of Sugar in Brooklyn
  • Ask The Baker
  • 19th Century Urban Cookies

And Goodies From Local Merchants

  • Oslo Coffee (free!)
  • Brooklyn Kitchen
  • Whisk
  • Salties Bakery

This THurd THursday

Its time again for our monthly THurd THursday event again. We have a terrific line up for you, featuring:

In the Exhibition Hall:
Opening reception of Miss Subways, Past and Present, with current photographic portraits of the past Miss Subways by Fiona Gardner, along side archival photographs and posters. View a sample of Fiona’s work or visit the NY Times slideshow

In the Community Collection Window:
Closing reception of Amy Von Harrington’s Copper Mold Collection. Come see this spectacular eye-catching display during its last few days on view in our front window display case.

In the Urban Greenspace (aka; backyard)
The amazingly talented band, Frankenpine. This band has been described as a blend of folk, indie, and bluegrass which may help to explain their namesake: the large cellular towers thinly veiled with semi-realistic tree limbs. Frankenpine is also native to our corner of Williamsburgh having been founded on and recorded their first album here on Havemeyer Street.  Don’t miss these hometown heroes! For a sample of their music go to:
Expect an even more impressive live presence in our own backyard! (Band @ 7:30 PM)

And of course:
Brooklyn Brewery beers for just $3 a bottle!

Hope to see you at the next THURD THURSDAY, September 17th from 7-10 PM at your community museum, The City Reliquary.

Bicycle Fetish Day – July 1, 2006

This year we will be hosting the second annual New York City Bicycle Fetish Day will be held July 1, 2006 at the new City Reliquary! This event is open to everyone who wants to come show off their ride. Local vendors will also set up booths offering bicycle repair, massages, food, contests and prizes. Check out the photos from last year to get inspired.
Start shining your hub!

2nd Annual Bicycle Fetish Day
on July 1st 2006 @ noon – 5 PM
Havemeyer btwn Grand & Metropolitan