Tunes For Tykes


Tunes for Tykes with Brian

School’s out! Bring the kids to the Reliquary! Tunes for Tykes with Brian is a play-along, sing-along, and dance-along event for kids ages 3 months to 3 years with Brian Stearns. There’ll be neat new songs and familiar favorites. Brian leads the class with guitar in tow, and he’ll also have instruments to share!

We’ll meet at the museum Thursdays from 3:30 to about 4:15 on following dates:
April 14
April 21
April 28
May 5
May 12
May 19

$10 per family (includes free museum admission!)

Brian Stearns is a New York City-based composer, performer, and music teacher. He earned a Master’s Degree in Music in 2006 from Walt Disney’s California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) and has been involved in early education in New York since 2007. Brian began teaching at The Children’s Garden Studio Inc. and later moved to the Manhattan Movement and Arts Center. He loves developing and contributing to programs that nurture creative musical environments for young children.

Collector’s Night 2015


Collector’s Night 2015
Presented by The City Reliquary Museum
Hosted at Brooklyn Historical Society
Wednesday, December 2, 6:30 – 9:30 PM

The City Reliquary Museum is proud to present its annual Collector’s Night, a celebration of unique ephemera and those who curate it. Every year, collectors with a passion for amassing the unusual gather to present their objects and the fascinating stories behind them. This year we’ll meet at Brooklyn Historical Society on Wednesday, Dec. 2 at 6:30 PM. Admission: $10, $5 for BHS and Green-Wood members. Beer generously provided by Brooklyn Brewery. Sandwiches from Hope Deli!

NelsonThe first part of the event presents the Treasures in the Trash collection of Nelson Molina, retired DSNY worker. We’ll begin with Kelly Adams’s One Man’s Trash (run time: 17 min.), first screened in the 2015 Margaret Mead Film Festival. Next, a discussion by Dr. Robin Nagle, DSNY Anthropologist-in-Residence and Director of the John W. Draper Interdisciplinary Master’s Program in Humanities and Social Thought, NYU. (Watch her in this TED talk!) We’ll end with a Q&A with Nelson Molina himself.


The second part of our event features…you! All collectors will give a brief show-&-tell of their displays. Confirmed displays include taxidermy and jarred animal specimens from Morbid Anatomy Museum guest lecturers; archival 16-mm cartoons; classic Broadway memorabilia & artifacts; unusual record formats; mutilated/altered US currency; and more! Cameo appearances by Paul Lukas and Harley Spiller, aka Inspector Collector.

Want to show off your own collection? Submit a form! We’ll accept submissions for table displays through November.

Questions? Contact us at [email protected] or by phone at (718) R-U-CIVIC

Photo credit:
Ashtrays from “Treasures in the Trash”: James Mulry
Still from “One Man’s Trash” (dir. Kelly Adams): Kelly Adams
Mark Splatter’s Anole lizards in a jar: Karsten Moran for The New York Times

Havemeyer Sugar Sweets Festival 2015

Sunday, October 4th | 11:00am – 4pm

Brooklyn’s biggest bake sale is back!  Join us for a family-friendly day of sweets, treats, music, entertainment, and more sweets at The City Reliquary, a non-profit museum and civic organization that has served Williamsburgh and the greater Brooklyn community for 10 years.

Sugar Sweets Poster


A sweet-tooth smorgasbord featuring donated treats donated from everyone, from generous home chefs, to top-tier pros, to landmark New York bakeries. 100% of the proceeds from the bake sale will support the City Reliquary.

To Donate Treats:
Please bring donations to The City Reliquary, 370 Metropolitan Ave, on Oct 3 from 12pm–6pm or Oct 4th from 10:30am–2pm.
All donors get 3 tickets for The Amazing Baking Raffle!
We can pick up and/or package bake sale items!

Questions? Please e-mail Jeff
We deeply appreciate your generosity.


New York is packed with amazing bakers who concoct devastatingly delicious treats in absurdly minuscule kitchens. Whether you make tarts, grunts, cookies or candies, we salute you! On October 4th, we’ll crown the BEST HOME BAKER IN THE 5 BOROUGHS! Winner gets a blue ribbon, a baking-related gift, and of course, bragging rights. Amazing prizes for second- and third-place bakers too! Be sure to bring your A-game, because our panel of All-Star Judges represent some of the biggest names in NYC baking!

To Enter:
Bring entries to 370 Metropolitan Ave on Oct 3rd from 12pm–6pm or Oct 4th from 10:30–12:30pm. Judging occurs about 1pm.
Set aside 6 samples for the judges. The rest will go to the Civic Bake Sale, which benefits the Reliquary.
Anything homemade and delicious (and legal) goes!

All-Star Judges
Jordan Slocum – Baked
Harry Rosenblum – Brooklyn Kitchen
Fany Gerson – Dough
Anna Gordon – Good Batch
Agatha Kulaga – Ovenly
Leslie Feinberg & Brooke Siem – Prohibition Bakery
Daytoine Shaw – ReConnect Bakery

Questions? Please email Jeff.


Breakfast for Toddlers (and their Big Folks) with The Big Littles – starts at 10:30am
The Lego Lady
Face Painting
Baking Dress Up
Story Time
…and more!


Sweet Happy Hour with live DJ set – 3pm
Special deals on treats!
…and more!


Outdoor Cartoon Carnival #35: Fun in the Sun


Saturday, August 29 | 7:30pm

Let’s extend summer with some ancient animated filmic fun at the next Cartoon Carnival.

We’ll have over a dozen 16mm (no digital!) cartoons from the 1920s to the 1940s, straight from the Stathes Archives to The City Reliquary’s *outdoor* silver screen…all for your enjoyment! Come on out and bring your friends to see how our cartoon counterparts of yesteryear enjoyed their fun in the sun—all while we enjoy a few evening hours in The City Reliquary’s beautiful Williamsburg backyard.

Tickets: $10 at the door
Light refreshments available for purchase from The City Reliquary.

Doors at 7:30pm; show starts soon thereafter. Arrive on time for good seats!
Tommy Stathes is a “Cartoon Cryptozoologist” with a rare film print collection comprised of over 1,500 shorts. Tommy’s long term goal has been to acquire and preserve as many early animated films as possible and reintroduce them to the public.

For more information about his activities, check out and

A Lotta’ Love From Long Island

The kind people at Long Island For Sale recently profiled The City Reliquary.  Check it out here:

“If you think about it, it makes perfect sense that New York would be the only city to have a reliquary dedicated to it, and that the objects in that reliquary-museum would inspire a mixture of reverence and bafflement. Fittingly, The City Reliquary includes a section on the geology of the city, with soil samples from different strata deep underground. It also boasts a large collection of pizza boxes. And between the two there is the story of the city and the people who have called it home over the years. – See more at:

Lady on a Train

August 8 | Doors at 7:30 | Show at 8pm
Tickets: $10

Sing a song on the subway with us on a fine summer evening in Brooklyn, in the backyard of the City Reliquary museum. New original dance and music inspired by your life on a train and a platform.

Lady On A Train from Christine Herde on Vimeo.

Directed by Matt Bovee  | Choreography by Sarah Adam and dancers

Sarah Adam
Justin Ahdoot
Sydney Blaxill
Jack DellaTorri
Paul Eddy
Sam Garber
Tasha Heggem
Morgan Hicks
Gaby Hornig
Kerry Ipema
Andy Miller
Hiroko Uchino

Show 8pm
Drinks and merriment 9pm-10:30pm
Tickets: $10 at the door
Drinks available at the tree house bar!

Reel Slices Film Series

ReelSliceEventPosterEnjoy pizza, beer, and classic pizza-themed cinema under the stars! In partnership with Two Boots Pizza and DRIVE-IN Film Festival, The City Reliquary presents Reel Slices, a series of iconic films that contain memorable ‘za-centric scenes.

$10 advance ticket includes museum and movie admission and 1 pizza slice; additional slices $3 each. Beverages available by suggested donation with beer courtesy of The Brooklyn Brewery.

Pre-movie trivia contests by DRIVE-IN Film Festival!

SCHEDULE (screenings begin at sunset)

Sat., June 27: Dog Day Afternoon (1975; run time: 125 min). Buy Tickets

Sat., July 25: Do The Right Thing (1989; run time: 125 min). Buy Tickets

Sat., August 15: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1990; run time: 93 min.). Featuring the Shell Shock, specialty pie! Buy Tickets

Olde Tyme Laughs

Friday, July 24th | Doors at 8pm | Show at 8:30pm

Tickets: $15

Join us for a night of stand-up comedy hosted by Brian Morris and Dominick Casazza featuring the comedic stylings of Daralyn Kelleher, Courtney Kolinsky, Daniel J. Perafin, Wellie Jackson, and Anthony Kapfer!

Old Tyme Laughs at the City Reliquary

Outdoor Cartoon Carnival

Sunday July 26 | 7:30pm

Join animated archivist Tommy Stathes in the City Reliquary backyard for an evening of cartoon cinematic rarities! Featuring 2 hours of great cartoons from the 1920s – 1940s.

Cartoon Carnival

Hot Girls Eating Pizza Backyard Bash

JULY 10 | 8pm – 10pm

Join the creator of the delicious Instagram account Hot Girls Eating Pizza for a cheesy good time in our backyard.

$10 admission for museum, 1 free slice & beer, and backyard party.

Purchase Tickets Here.