Brooklyn Bridge 126th Birthday Bike Ride

Join us this SUNDAY!!!
Brooklyn Bridge 126th Birthday Bike Ride
sponsored by the City Reliquary Museum & Civic Organization

10-mile roundtrip ride with a celebration destination! There will be birthday cake, beverages, and music for everyone! Easy pace so you can bring the whole family! A lively historical lecture by NYC tour guide Matt Levy upon arrival at the Brooklyn anchorage! Meet at the museum, 370 Metropolitan Ave near Havemeyer St. at 12:00 noon on Sunday, May 24th, 2009!!! Bring your Bike and Birthday hat! Suggested donation is $5.00,

May 16: The Candela Structures: A New York City History Mystery opening


Have you seen these prefab structures? Aren’t they cool? They’re located on the Flushing Bay Promenade in Queens, a few hundred yards from the Mets’ new stadium. Millions of people have seen them over the past 45 years, but almost nobody knows anything about them.

The Candela Structures: A New York City History Mystery, a new exhibition at The City Reliquary, tells the story of these underappreciated fiberglass formations and the surprising culture of mystery and misinformation surrounding them, from their origins as exhibit spaces during the 1964 World’s Fair to their current status as neglected but enduring landmarks on the Queens waterfront.

The exhibit will kick off with an opening reception on May 16th, 7 pm. Arts and crafts materials will be provided, so guests can sculpt their own Candela Structures, and the Reliquary will also provide “Save the Candelas” letters and envelopes, so guests can petition city officials to provide the Candelas with sorely needed repairs. Beer and other refreshments will be provided, and DJ Stacher will kick out the jams with mid-1960s pop-garage, psychedelia, and Shea Stadium live concert hits.

The exhibit has been produced by journalist Paul Lukas and architect Kirsten Hively, who developed a crush on the Candela Structures last year and decided to investigate their backstory. What began as a quick research project turned into an eight-month odyssey of dead ends, wrong turns, and architectural obsession. The resulting exhibit should give these underrated structures the attention they’ve long deserved.

The Candela Structures: A New York City History Mystery will remain on view at the Reliquary through June 28th.

5/9 5th Annual Bicycle Fetish Day

Saturday May 9th, 12noon

Photos from Museum2Museum Bike Ride: From the City Reliquary to the QMA!

Sunday April 26th
Check out the photos of our awesome ride!!
Join the most civic cyclists in town for a fun, free and leisurely bicycle ride from Museum2Museum

5/16 Dead Horse Bay Bike Ride

Saturday May 16th 1:30 – 5pm
Meet at 1:30pm, leave 2pm, return 6pm.
Join the most civic cyclists in town for a fun, free, leisurely and historical bicycle ride from North to South Brooklyn and back. Travel along America’s first urban bicycle lane, traverse various “deep Brooklyn ‘hoods” and end at Dead Horse Bay, aka Bottle Beach. After a rest, we’ll return the way we came. End at the City Reliquary for the official opening of the Candela Structures: A New York City History Mystery! Total miles: 21.

6/6 Civic Bike Ride to the LIC Bike Parade Celebrating the 100th Anniversary of the Queensboro Bridge!

Saturday June 6th, 1145 – 3pm
Meet at 11:45am, depart at 12noon. Arrive at Queensboro bridge at 12:45pm, depart at 1pm, Arrive at Socrates Sculpture Park at 2pm.
Join the most civic cyclists in town for a celebratory bike ride over the best bridge to Queens. From the City Reliquary we will head to the Queensboro bridge via Manhattan. As we ride across the Queensboro Bridge we’ll also learn its history, then continue to the Socrates Sculpture Park. Upon arriving we’ll kickstart the 2nd Annual LIC Bike Parade at 2. Total miles: 8

Over Spilt Milk Ending on May 10th

Over Spilt Milk: The Fight for Fair Price and Fair Profit in Depression Era New York.

January 30th – May 3rd 2009

Consumer-Farmer Milk Cooperative pamphlets and broadsides, vintage milk cartons, and miniature dioramas on display.

The show will feature documents and artifacts from the 1930s, when immigrant Meyer Parodneck and a handful of anti-poverty activists founded the Consumer-Farmer Milk Cooperative to ensure farmers received a fair price, and consumers paid a fair price, for milk. The Co-op played a pivotal role opening the market controlled by milk distribution giants. With their own processing plants and distribution stations, the Consumer-Farmer Co-op sold milk to consumers at the lowest possible price, and paid farmers the highest possible return, for nearly fifty years. Overcoming a mountain of obstacles, this organization made a difference to hundreds of struggling farmers and to the children of low-income New Yorkers.

The exhibition includes period Co-op newsletters and advertising campaigns, vintage paper milk containers, and cooperative movement propaganda. Pivotal moments in the Co-op’s story are illustrated with miniature dioramas.


Modern Day Depression-Era Fundraiser!
Friday February 27th 7-11pm

Times are tough all around

7/31 First Ever Summer Benefit Party

Announcing the City Reliquary’s first Summer Benefit Party!
We hope you will join us for this delightful evening benefiting everyone’s
favorite community museum on July 31 at 7:00pm.
Please email [email protected] to reserve your tickets
as soon as possible! Tickets are $50 (civic level) or $100
(metropolitan level — includes a Reliquary membership!).
In addition to enjoying drinks, snacks, and music while exploring the
Reliquary and its grounds, the evening will include a silent auction
featuring swag from Crest Hardware and Transportation Alternatives, a
personalized NYC tour from The Levy’s Unique New York!, original
artwork, and more. We’ll also offer you the once-in-a-lifetime
opportunity to “Win-a-Date with a Reliquarian.”
You can pay for your tickets by mailing a check to the Reliquary at PO
BOX 110948, Brooklyn, NY 11211 or by cash or check night-of the party.
Thanks for your support and see you on July 31!

Harbor Tours of the Brooklyn Bridge

May 22nd, 23rd, 24th & 25th:
in association with the City Reliquary,
The Levys’ Unique New York, NY’s First Family of Tour Guides presents:
Harbor Tours of the Brooklyn Bridge with the Roebling Family!
Take an hour-long New York Harbor cruise aboard the NY Water Taxi with The Levys’ Unique New York! NY’s First Family of Tour Guides portraying the family that built the Brooklyn Bridge