The City Reliquary

The City Reliquary New York City's finest repository of local historical artifacts and memorabilia. Located in the Williamsburgh section of Brooklyn. The City Reliquary is a not-for-profit community museum and civic organization.
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Through permanent display of artifacts, rotating exhibits of community collections, and annual cultural events, The City Reliquary connects visitors to New York City past and present.

Operating as usual

The Museum will close at 3 pm today, Sunday Feb. 7, due to inclement weather. Enjoy the snow and we hope to see you next...
02/07/2021

The Museum will close at 3 pm today, Sunday Feb. 7, due to inclement weather. Enjoy the snow and we hope to see you next weekend!

Weekend update!1. We've adjusted our COVID timeslots to 45 minutes so we can squeeze more in, and added walk-in "hour" f...
01/29/2021
Pandemics make strange bedfellows, too - Brooklyn Magazine

Weekend update!

1. We've adjusted our COVID timeslots to 45 minutes so we can squeeze more in, and added walk-in "hour" from 5:15pm to close, so even without an appointment you at least will always be able to drop by at the end of the day.

2. A lovely piece in Brooklyn Magazine today about two of our most active volunteers, museums as performance spaces, and art & dancing & being weird in a plague:

How the pandemic nudged unemployed performance artists into the arms of a museum on the brink.

Tomorrow 7pm: guitarist @lizmhogg regales you live from the City Reliquary back room. This is a broadcast livestream you...
01/15/2021

Tomorrow 7pm: guitarist @lizmhogg regales you live from the City Reliquary back room. This is a broadcast livestream you can watch from anywhere. Hang out with other attendees before and after the show.

RSVP link in our bio. $3 to reserve, $10 minimum tip to Liz during the show, if you are able.

Our Holiday Bazaar was a screaming success! Many thanks to:Our incredible host@fantasygrandma With @earls2gearls Our pro...
12/28/2020

Our Holiday Bazaar was a screaming success!

Many thanks to:
Our incredible host
@fantasygrandma
With @earls2gearls
Our producers
@cquitty and @jointhefuturenow
and all of our outstanding performers, vendors, and guests.

Keep an eye out for upcoming announcements on more safe and socially distant outdoor backyard fun!

Stay safe NYC!

📸 @jointhefuturenow

#williamsburg #brooklyn #nyc #backyardgarden #varietyshow #brooklynevents #showtime #sociallydistant #fantasy #jello #grateful #thanks #nonprofit #littlemuseum

Unfortunately, we have decided to CANCEL the Holiday Bazaar tomorrow, Sunday the 19th due to the expected snow. Thank yo...
12/20/2020

Unfortunately, we have decided to CANCEL the Holiday Bazaar tomorrow, Sunday the 19th due to the expected snow.

Thank you to all who have come to The Reliquary the past two weeks to make this special event happen, and we hope to see you all again soon, either visiting the museum or at our safe backyard events.

@queenglowjob is the amount of excited we are for tomorrow's Holiday Bazaar! Come check out our beautiful backyard that ...
12/13/2020

@queenglowjob is the amount of excited we are for tomorrow's Holiday Bazaar! Come check out our beautiful backyard that will be full of great gifts of all shapes and sizes, and performers of all makes and kinds!

"Glow is a circus, mime, clown, pole dance, burlesque, gogo, crafty, lewk queen here to bring some joy and color into your world. She is a co-producer of Retro Factory- @retrofactorynyc a queer Kiki Events Enterprise and a part of the Stonewall Protest group @TheStonewallProtests where you can find her every Thursday night on the protest lines fighting for the rights of Black Trans Lives."

@fantasygrandma and @shanechambers4real will be back with their sick hosting shenanigans, @daboogadooga with the looping insanity out front, @itsfripp with the treehouse tunes, and shows by @earls2gearls, @mizjade_davon, and more!

Check out what we'll be selling, our vendors are
@mutualgroundnyc
@boipkg
@nastybellee
@madebyao
@shoeboxbakingco
@string_theories_
@bluum.life
@flowjuggle
@jointhefuturenow
@essentiallycharliecandles
@baronvonsoap

#shoplocal for the holidays and come to our outdoor and socially distant backyard this Sunday 12-4 to see what new things we'll be up to to spark some #holiday #joy in your lives!

RSVPs and City Reliquary Members get to the front of the line if one forms! Link in bio.

#williamsburg #newyork #popupnyc #handmade #drag #dragshow #varietyshow #brooklynevents #brooklyn #thisweekend #holidaybazaar #giftsforfriends #holidays #celebrate

The City Reliquary's first ever Holiday Bazaar was a HUGE SUCCESS! Thanks so much to @fantasygrandma  and @shanechambers...
12/08/2020

The City Reliquary's first ever Holiday Bazaar was a HUGE SUCCESS! Thanks so much to @fantasygrandma and @shanechambers4real for their sick hosting shenanigans, @daboogadooga for the looping insanity out front, @itsfripp for the treehouse tunes, and @chrisofhur with their legendary performances!

Big thanks to all of our vendors,
@chrisofhur
@boipkg
@nastybellee
@madebyao
@shoeboxbakingco
@string_theories_
@bluum.life
@flowjuggle
@jointhefuturenow
And Mutual Ground!

Check them out now to #shoplocal this holiday season! Or come to our outdoor and socially distant backyard the next two Sundays to see what new fun we'll be up to to spark some #holiday #joy in your lives!

Members and RSVPs beat the line - see you there!

#williamsburg #brooklyn #shopbrooklyn #gifts #nycpopup #shoppingforacause #grandmacore #varietyshow #nonprofit #nycevents #giftsforfriends #maskup #nyc

Our 💛HOLIDAY BAZAAR💛 is tomorrow 12-4! Come check out @madebyao with her collection of upcycled and handmade sunglasses ...
12/05/2020

Our 💛HOLIDAY BAZAAR💛 is tomorrow 12-4! Come check out @madebyao with her collection of upcycled and handmade sunglasses and accessories!

Come for the cool stuff, stay for the cool people! We have 8 vendors, drag, dancers, musicians and more sprinkled throughout the day, even sweeter than the cookies baking in your oven ❤️

Mask up and we'll see you there with a cup of hot cocoa!

#brooklynartist #handmade #upcycled #freshaf #fashiongoals #wow #holidayshopping #shoplocal #shopbrooklyn #shopsmall #shopsmallnyc #giftsforthem #giftsforfriends #colorful #stylishaccessories #fashion #bk #williamsburg #williamsburgbrooklyn #nycevents #brooklynevents #thisweekend #fashionstar #popupshop

Only two days until the most fun holiday shopping experience of the year! Come to The City Reliquary this Sunday, 12-4 t...
12/05/2020

Only two days until the most fun holiday shopping experience of the year! Come to The City Reliquary this Sunday, 12-4 to #shoplocal with Brooklyn's favorite makers and creators!

We have @shoeboxbakingco making timely and hilarious cookies, @nastybellee with colorful and weird earrings and accessories, and @boipkg, a fashion brand dedicated to #queer #transvisibility.

We have the legendary drag queen @chrisofhur bringing original art, @madebyao selling upcycled sunglasses and accessories, and @bluum.life with their signature app-controlled music reactive color changing flower crowns! Don't forget to visit @jointhefuturenow for typewriter poetry, prints and mysteries.

BUT THAT'S NOT ALL!
We are proud to announce @fantasygrandma will be hosting the show! Come for our star studded lineup:
@chrisofhur
@queenglowjob
@mizjade_davon
@itsfripp
@earls2gearls
And Rickety Cenzo!

Visit the @cityreliquary bar for special holiday deals on memberships and hot chocolate!

See you there this Sunday 12-4!
Come the next two Sundays 12-4 too!

#thisweekend #nycevents #brooklynevents #dragshownyc #brooklynart #socialdistancing #holidaysinnyc #makersofinstagram #artistsoninstagram #gifts #presents #giving #thanks #bazaar #popupshop #shopping #buylocal #buyart #friendstime #handmadejewelry #handmadefashion #newyorkcity #williamsburg #metropolitanave

Our Holiday Bazaar is a wonderful way to get to know your #Brooklyn #community better- here's an introduction from one o...
12/04/2020

Our Holiday Bazaar is a wonderful way to get to know your #Brooklyn #community better- here's an introduction from one of our vendors- @nastybellee herself!

"NastyBelle is a tiny queer-owned business started and run by me, Jess. I make fun and colorful polymer clay earrings for people who love to be EXTRA! I sell things from other iconic artists on my website, nastybelle.com, like face masks, embroidery, portraits, yonic art, and more! I'm a proud mom to two cats, Rembrandt and Rhea."

Shop @nastybelle and other fabulous Brooklyn creators at our Holiday Bazaar 12-4 over the next three Sundays, and also see shows by your favorite nightlife personalities!

#williamsburg #brooklyn #shopbrooklyn #nycholidays #weird #earrings #handmade #giftsforfriends #moo #maskup #brooklynevents #nycpopups #brooklynartist #makersofinstagram #creator #fashioninspo #styleoftheday

Meet our Holiday Bazaar makers and creators! First up is @boipkg ( Boi Package) with a non-binary queer clothing line th...
12/03/2020

Meet our Holiday Bazaar makers and creators! First up is @boipkg ( Boi Package) with a non-binary queer clothing line that focuses on community and trans and non-binary visibility. Boi Package creates underwear, harnesses and street wear for all to feel fun and free to be!

How many of your friends would LOVE to receive one of these packages this holiday!

Come thru 12-4 on one or all of the three next Sundays to pick your fave styles and see the best acts BK has to offer!

#bkevents #holidaysinnewyork #williamsburg #undies #harness #streetwear #leather #straps #chapsandmasks #yesssssssssss #fashiondesigner #stylelife

We did it!!Last night, our supporters proved that there IS a future for the City Reliquary Museum on Metropolitan Avenue...
11/23/2020

We did it!!

Last night, our supporters proved that there IS a future for the City Reliquary Museum on Metropolitan Avenue! With the help of hundreds of sustainable memberships, we were able to reach our goal, securing a new path forward for our beloved community-built organization.

This has not been simply an “end-of-the-year” fund drive, or a way to help a small business survive a global health tragedy. This is a new model for our long-term viability that will last us as long as our members are by our side.

If you became a member over the past two months, you didn’t simply get us over a hurdle, you established a new road ahead. You committed to helping us see beyond the current challenges and provided us with a backbone that will help us thrive.

Having met our most basic needs for survival in the storefront space, we are now working to rebuild our coffers to support the programming and exhibitions we will once again be able to deliver in our Williamsburgh home.

As more memberships continue to push us past our basic goal, we are able to start thinking about what more we can do beyond simply paying the storefront rent.

Additional memberships and donations will help us; rehire our one part-time administrative staff position, resume efforts to catalog our collections and make them accessible to remote visitors, and resume planning for the public exhibitions we’ve put on hold since the summer.

Just weeks ago, we had to consider the very real thought that this would be the end of the road for the museum as we knew it. Now we see that it is the end of what we once knew, but for the better. Rather than packing and relocating countless city relics, we can once again plan on delivering the unique blend of art, history, and civic pride that made us a part of this community.

The work has not ended; your support has just made it possible to begin once again.

With most civic gratitude,
Dave Herman
Founder,
City Reliquary Museum
& Civic Organization

11/22/2020

Thanks to News 12 Brooklyn for helping us spread the word about our Sustainability Drive in the final hours, and to Board member Jacob Ford for making a compelling case in mere seconds of airtime!

Board member Jacob Ford takes it to Brooklyn 12 in our final hours of the Sustainability Drive.Say it with us: cityreliq...
11/22/2020
Brooklyn museum fights to keep its doors open

Board member Jacob Ford takes it to Brooklyn 12 in our final hours of the Sustainability Drive.

Say it with us: cityreliquary.org/join

After closing its doors for months due to the pandemic and suffering financial losses, the City Reliquary in Williamsburg has launched a campaign to raise the money needed to stay open.

Dear Friends of the Reliquary,We’ve made it to the FINAL 24 HOURS of our Sustainability Drive with the help and encourag...
11/22/2020

Dear Friends of the Reliquary,

We’ve made it to the FINAL 24 HOURS of our Sustainability Drive with the help and encouragement of so many friends both old and new. Each day we see new sustainable memberships coming in, inching us closer to our very-real goal of $3,000/month of recurring funds needed. We have now received more than 90% of our goal!

We’re very very close, but it is not quite “in the bag.” We need to secure renewing memberships from ALL of our friends who have NOT YET SIGNED UP, and who still believe our Williamsburgh home should, can, and WILL SURVIVE!

During the nearly 20 years of our existence, I’ve heard two questions over and over, year after year: “What is this place?!?” and “How does this exist?!?” Much to my dismay, the answer to the latter has often been, “As if by magic.” For years, the City Reliquary has survived on good will, copious amounts of volunteer efforts, and repeated pleas for donations to help keep the whole operation afloat. For years, we’ve tried one creative approach after another, trying to invent a new sustainable model for an alternative, small-town museum to exist in the biggest of cities.

In recent years, we had become more reliant on what thankfully seemed to be a steady source of income; museum admissions by international and domestic tourists. Many larger museums would be proud of the impressive percentage of funding that we received from patrons walking in our front door. We ARE very proud of this fact, but no single source of revenue can truly sustain any organization. And, in the wake of a worldwide pandemic, we are left brutally aware of this.

So, two months ago we put out the call to our fans. We acknowledged that admissions, events, and one-time donations had been enough to get us this far, but NOT ENOUGH to secure a stable future in our Metropolitan Avenue location. The only way to keep on our current path would be through a large number of small and steady monthly and annual contributions. With our friends at (ironically) WithFriends, we set up this new model of sustainable support. Over the past 9 weeks, we’ve been given a new hope for survival by hundreds of friends; some we’ve known since the Reliquary was a tiny window display on Grand Street, and some fans we never knew we had until now.

Which brings us to this moment...
We are literally inches away from the finish line. With just 24 hours left to go, we need just $300/month or $3,600/annually to meet our goal, keeping the City Reliquary in its Metropolitan Avenue location, and securing its future for as long as we have all of you by our side. With membership levels that begin at just $10/month, we can get to this goal with ONLY 30 MORE friends joining us NOW! Here's the link: https://withfriends.co/cityreliquary/join

What’s most promising about this moment, is the new optimism we’ve seen in recent weeks giving hope for a stronger City Reliquary community; not only for keeping the rent paid, but for breathing new life into a creative and unique space that can support the art, history, diversity, and civic pride that our city needs.



With most civic gratitude and solidarity,
Dave Herman, Founder
City Reliquary Museum & Civic Organization

HOLIDAY BAZAAR!? Calling all artists & makers! Want a spot? DM us! Wanna see your favorite BK vendor there? Comment belo...
11/21/2020

HOLIDAY BAZAAR!? Calling all artists & makers!

Want a spot? DM us! Wanna see your favorite BK vendor there? Comment below!

First 3 Sundays in December - see ya there with socially distant pop up shops, people and performances in our backyard!

#brooklynevents #brooklynartists #shopbrooklyn #holidaybazaar #nycholidays #keepbrooklynweird #nycdesigners #makersofinstagram #popupshop #nonprofit #brooklynmakers

Invite a friend and put it in your calendar now!

Miriam Sicherman, whose classroom project became our Closet Archaeology exhibit at the City Reliquary in 2017, talks abo...
11/18/2020

Miriam Sicherman, whose classroom project became our Closet Archaeology exhibit at the City Reliquary in 2017, talks about how artifacts and material objects provide an important and vitally understood link to the past for students and museum visitors alike in this week's message: https://mailchi.mp/cityreliquary/cn0520_gen-9469660?e=e465c7a1a0 (or visit our website at cityreliquary.org to read it).

Help us continue to put on unique exhibitions like Closet Archaeology by becoming a Member! We're fast approaching our deadline for sustainable support.

Here’s to @jay.julio & his quartet for magical evening of chamber music & abolition poetry.Help us save this museum so w...
11/15/2020

Here’s to @jay.julio & his quartet for magical evening of chamber music & abolition poetry.

Help us save this museum so we can continue doing more of this. You know where the link is.

(cityreliquary dot org slash join)

Join us at 7pm for a chamber quartet & poetry live-streamed from the Reliquary back room.RSVP below for the secret link.
11/14/2020
Sound Off x The City Reliquary: Dorothy Rudd Moore & More

Join us at 7pm for a chamber quartet & poetry live-streamed from the Reliquary back room.

RSVP below for the secret link.

Groupmuse concert on Saturday, November 14, 2020, in New York!. Starts at 7:00 PM EST. RSVP here!

Tonight (Saturday 11/14 at 7) the City Reliquary is proud to host Sound Off: Music for Bail! This project combines class...
11/14/2020
Sound Off x The City Reliquary: Dorothy Rudd Moore & More

Tonight (Saturday 11/14 at 7) the City Reliquary is proud to host Sound Off: Music for Bail! This project combines classical music performances with presentations by individuals versed in the US prison-industrial complex and formerly incarcerated individuals in order to educate audiences and build inclusive communities.

You can watch the livestream here: https://www.groupmuse.com/events/11078-sound-off-x-the-city-reliquary-dorothy-rudd-moore-more

The musical cast for this concert includes violinists Giancarlo Latta of the Argus Quartet and Njioma Grevious of the Abeo Quartet, cellist Thapelo Masita of the Uhuru Quartet and violinist Jay Julio, organizer of Sound Off!

Program:

Felix Mendelssohn - String Quartet No. 4 in E Minor, Op. 44 No. 2
Reading by Brooklyn-based poet Kyle Carrero Lopez
Dorothy Rudd Moore - Modes (livestream premiere!)
William Grant Still - Lyric Quartette

Groupmuse concert on Saturday, November 14, 2020, in New York!. Starts at 7:00 PM EST. RSVP here!

Address

370 Metropolitan Ave
Brooklyn, NY
11211

http://maps.google.com/maps?q=370+Metropolitan+Ave+Brooklyn+NY+11211

Opening Hours

Saturday 12:00 - 18:00
Sunday 12:00 - 18:00

Telephone

(718) 782-4842

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