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Support the City Reliquary With Your Purchase of Limited Edition Items!

An illustration of Brooklyn Royal Giants player John Henry Lloyd by Jason Eisner

The City Reliquary Museum Relief Fund Drive is now live! You can purchase limited-edition swag at the link while helping to support our work! The Relief Fund Drive will run only until MAY 15 and is your ONLY chance to get these special items!

We chose to launch this donation drive on April 15, Jackie Robinson Day, a tradition born in New York and celebrated nationally. The day commemorates the breaking of the baseball color line with Robinson’s official major league debut with the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947. While baseball is on pause, the rallying spirit that usually fills our stadiums can be felt among New Yorkers even now.

Support the City Reliquary with your order of a signed and numbered print by Brooklyn artist Jason Eisner (proof pictured above), an enamel pin featuring the City Reliquary logo, a challenge coin designed by our own Jacob Ford, or a miniature City Reliquary In A Nutshell handmade by Liz Beeby and inspired by a popular souvenir of the 1939 World’s Fair!

We are tremendously grateful for the generous support so many of you have already shown us. We are particularly thankful to Jason Eisner and Liz Beeby for their incredible contributions to this fundraiser!

Help Us Celebrate Our City in 2018

A message from City Reliquary Founder Dave Herman:

Dear Civic New Yorkers,

Today The City Reliquary is launching its 2017 Year-End campaign. As we close another eventful year, I wanted to reflect on the compelling programs and exhibitions made possible because of Civic New Yorkers like you, and to ask for your support in the coming year.

15316-Statue-of-Liberty-pic5Our staff and volunteers rely on you to help make the Reliquary possible. Joseph Pulitzer’s 1883 “Pedestal Fund” for the Statue of Liberty revealed the powerful result when people of all economic and cultural backgrounds unite towards a common goal. The symbol of our city–and of the American Dream–literally stands on the contributions of the people.

In that spirit, and during this challenging time for small and feisty non-profits, we remind you that even the smallest contribution makes a difference. To this day, the majority of our funding comes through individual gifts under $100. All gifts are tax-deductible.

If you can make a larger gift and wish to do so, consider sponsoring a specific Reliquary initiative: ensure the maintenance of our permanent exhibits, support a signature event or public program, or make possible a special exhibition. You can find more details on our Artfully page.

Thanks to your generosity, our community museum has been For the people, not for profit since 2002. Please help us continue to offer the exhibitions and events that deepen our connection with the great City of New York.

Always Civic,

Dave Herman, Founder
The City Reliquary Museum & Civic Organization

2017 Reliquary Highlights–with your help, 2018 will be an even bigger success! Support The City Reliquary today!

Exhibitions of Overlooked New York

Our 2017 special exhibition calendar opened with Heroes Of The Knish: Making A Living And Making A Life, which traced the history of the knish from its arrival in the US with Jewish immigrants to its current status as an iconic NYC street food.

Following knishes came Closet Archaeology, one of our most successful exhibitions to date. This exciting show featured over a century’s worth of everyday objects excavated by fourth-grade students from beneath the floorboards of their school building and received a wealth of press coverage, from the New Yorker to the New York Post.

We’ll close out 2017 with NYC Trash! Past, Present, & Future, which considers the history and anthropology of trash in New York from the nineteenth century slums of Manhattan to present-day innovations for reuse and recycle to trash as a cultural archive.

Civic-Minded Events

This was also a banner year for classic City Reliquary events and new annual traditions.

Collectors’ Night, our celebration of collectors and collecting, drew a greater crowd than ever before–triple the average size.

Equally successful was the 2017 Miss Subways Extravaganza This anti-pageant addressed the current deplorable condition of the NYC subway system and raised funds for the Riders Alliance advocacy group. Celebrity judges including Janeane Garofalo and NY1’s own Roger Clark evaluated contestants who embodied the diversity of our city and showcased the unique talents of New York.

We also hosted a brass-band blowout party to herald HONK NYC 2017, and we even marched in the Coney Island Mermaid Parade.

Thank for you helping us achieve a phenomenal 2017. With your help, 2018 will be an even bigger success. Support The City Reliquary today!

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!

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.

Fire Sale Playing Cards


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!