SlideSerious Stocking Share, Friday Dec 9th

Friday December 9th, 2011
Doors at 7:30pm, Lecture at 8.
$5 suggested donation at the door,
Thirst-quenching Brooklyn Brewery available for donation.

StockingShare!– our collaboration with the online journal Blue Stocking Society- on December 9th. They are currently accepting submissions ( in the form of text, audio or image) on the theme of women in the metropolis. That said Blue Stocking is happy to review materials related more broadly to issues of gender and sexuality in the context of city living. On December 9th those accepted will have the opportunity to share their works in an evening salon. We sincerely hope to see you for what promises to be a lively evening of sharing, discussing and Brooklyn Brewery’s finest.

The City Reliquary Presents November’s Thurd THursday: Open Mic Night Show and Tell !

WILLIAMSBURGH, BROOKLYN – For November’s Thurd THursday, the City Reliquary is returning to its roots – to the central reason it exists and the core of its mission – sharing stories behind collections! Due to the overwhelming success of Return of Collector’s Night at the Knitting Factory on October 11th, with over 200 people admiring the collections of a dozen avid New Yorkers, the City Reliquary Museum and Civic Organization is dedicating its November’s Thurd THursday to a Show and Tell Open Mic. Every object tells a story.

Hosted by minutiae-centric journalist Paul Lukas (whose past showing and telling at the City Reliquary has included an exhibition of his vintage recipe booklets with the word “Meat” in the title,) the Show and Tell Open Mic will be an evening dedicated to YOU and YOUR favorite item. Not a collector? That’s okay! We’re more interested in the Showing and Telling of stuff than the collections they come from. Bring your favorite thing and Show and Tell its stories at the CR on Thursday November 18th. Show us why its your favorite; Tell us where you obtained it andwhether or not it comes from a larger collection of items just like it. Share the provenance of your item and how many stories are contained within it. Just share all this info in 3 minutes or less – there are other Show and Tellers who want to take the stage right behind you!

Show and Tell Open Mic Night at the City Reliquary
Thurd THursday, November 18th, 2010
Doors at 7, Open Mic begins at 8pm.
$5 suggested donation much appreciated. Delicious beers from Brooklyn Brewery available
370 Metropolitan Avenue at Havemeyer, Williamsburgh, Brooklyn.

Matt Levy
Events Coordinator
The City Reliquary

NOW: In History – Series Finale! Featuring Historian & National Parks Service Librarian Barry Moreno

The Return of Collector’s Night! Monday October 11th, Columbus Day, at the Knitting Factory

WILLIAMSBURGH, BROOKLYN – On Columbus Day, Monday, Oct. 11th, the City Reliquary will present “Collectors’ Night” a celebration of unique, fanciful and eccentric collections, accompanied by the collectors themselves, with multi-media performances and presentations. Up to two-dozen collectors from all over the city will display their personal collections; everything from an archive of newsstand paperweights to art museum dust to odd coin purses to souvenirs bearing the collector’s name. You too can have your collection on display! Bring in your collection (anything goes) in a jar and display it at the bar! We will also have a Collector’s Cocktail available one night only!

The evening’s highlights, from 7-9pm, will include:

KELLY ANDERSON presenting the New York debut of her documentary “Never Enough.” Do we own our things or do they own us? “Never Enough” probes our relationship with the material world through three Americans’ relationships with their stuff, including: a woman who has 700 sweaters, a marine with 7,800 beanie baby dolls, and a Home Shopping Network addict whose purchases have made his apartment unlivable.

HARLEY SPILLER a.k.a. INSPECTOR COLLECTOR who will detail “On Newsstands Now,” an exploration of the material culture of newsstand paperweights. This distinctly New York presentation will carry much interest to anyone invested in advertising, business, graphic arts, history, industrial design, and journalism.

SEAN MILLER, Director of the John Erickson Museum of Art, (JEMA), a location variable museum, will exhibit and discuss “Art Museum Dust Acquisitions: Points of Access and Departure” offering a rare behind-the-scenes look into the give-and-take world of art museum dust collecting.

LULU LOLO will host as the “City Reliquary NewsBoy,” proclaiming headlines of the mind boggling world of compulsive collectors. LuLu will also perform excerpts from her one-person play OBITS, portraying such eccentric collectors as Elizabeth Tashjian, founder of The Nut Museum, and Hugh Hicks, the prodigious collector of light bulbs.

The City Reliquary Museum’s Collectors’ Night
Monday, Oct. 11, 2010 (Columbus Day)
Knitting Factory
361 Metropolitan Avenue (across the street from The City Reliquary Museum)
Brooklyn, NY 11211
Doors at 6pm, Event starts at 7pm.
Admission: $10.00
Advance tickets on sale:

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!

The City Reliquary’s September THurd THursday: The Passing of the Presidential Sash

WILLIAMSBURGH, BROOKLYN; After 8 years, dozens of events, hundreds of late nights and thousands of conversations about the importance of preserving the collected history of our incredible, indelible city, Dave Herman is stepping down from his post as President of the City Reliquary Museum and Civic Organization. Taking his place will be Vice-President Bill Scanga.

But this is no reason to lament or concern. This is a celebration! We want to thank Dave for his hard work and tireless civic pride in keeping the City Reliquary’s heart beating, its soul pulsing, its energy racing through our wonderful borough to the collections of collectors beyond. Besides, although Dave is stepping down from his post as President, he will stay on as Founder and Auxiliary Board Member. So he aint going anywhere.

We feel that the best thank-you possible is a party during September’s THurd THursday monthly event, featuring Dave, Bill, Dave’s favorite rootsy-rock band Frankenpine, and lots of Brooklyn Beer to drink. Please stop by the City Reliquary on THursday September 16th, 7-10pm for a celebration, concert and Passing of the Presidential Sash from Dave to Bill.

September’s Thurd THursday
September 16th, 2010
7-10pm, with ceremony and Frankenpine performance beginning at 8
FREE! Dontations greatly appreciated.
310 Metropolitan Avenue at Havemeyer; Williamsburgh, Brooklyn.

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!