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 circus is in town.
06/13/2021

The circus is in town.

The circus is in town.

The circus is in town.
06/13/2021

The circus is in town.

The circus is in town.

✨ TOMORROW✨We have an NYC rocknroll favorite hitting the stage, @jeremyandtheharlequins!Catch @mandalact opening up the ...
06/11/2021

✨ TOMORROW✨

We have an NYC rocknroll favorite hitting the stage, @jeremyandtheharlequins!

Catch @mandalact opening up the show, @frickfrackblackjack with cashless gambling, @flesh_wagon giving flash tattoos, @kevindevaneypoet slinging poems, @jointhefuturenow with silly shenanigans, and all your friends dancing the night away in our big, beautiful backyard!

Limited tickets still available at the link in our bio or on our wirhfriends.com page!

#rock #show #music #bands #nycmusicians #concert #tattoos #poetry #fun #dancing #nycevents #brooklyn #williamsburg #metropolitanave #museum #nycmuseums #nonprofit #communityart #neighborhoodlove

✨ TOMORROW✨

We have an NYC rocknroll favorite hitting the stage, @jeremyandtheharlequins!

Catch @mandalact opening up the show, @frickfrackblackjack with cashless gambling, @flesh_wagon giving flash tattoos, @kevindevaneypoet slinging poems, @jointhefuturenow with silly shenanigans, and all your friends dancing the night away in our big, beautiful backyard!

Limited tickets still available at the link in our bio or on our wirhfriends.com page!

#rock #show #music #bands #nycmusicians #concert #tattoos #poetry #fun #dancing #nycevents #brooklyn #williamsburg #metropolitanave #museum #nycmuseums #nonprofit #communityart #neighborhoodlove

Our first ✨Applause Applause Open Stage✨was such a success! We had poets, cartoonists, an alien comedy songwriting duo, ...
06/11/2021

Our first ✨Applause Applause Open Stage✨was such a success!

We had poets, cartoonists, an alien comedy songwriting duo, comedians, guitarists, synth players, an improvisational looper, singers, animators, and more!

Join us every Wednesday whether you have something to share or not. You'll be sure to see some beautiful, hysterical, charming, heartbreaking, insane acts cross our stage 😱

Thanks @jointhefuturenow, @3dpiss, @hartwelles, @whoisjensine, and all the performers and audience members who made this night one we will not soon forget ☺️

#openmic #nyc #williamsburg #brooklyn #brooklynevents #talent #comics #singersongwriter #comedyclub #looperpedal #poetry #poetsofinstagram #thisweek #newyorkcity #nonprofit #community #neighboorhood #museum #nycmuseums

TONIGHT! The sweet, sticky antics of Bazooka Joe and his gang take center stage at the City Reliquary. The History of Ba...
06/10/2021

TONIGHT! The sweet, sticky antics of Bazooka Joe and his gang take center stage at the City Reliquary. The History of Bazooka Joe starts at 8 (doors at 7; come check out our exhibit The Call of Candy for more candy ephemera and history)!

Tickets available at the link in bio or the link below or at the door!
https://withfriends.co/event/11324737/the_history_of_bazooka_joe

#candy #thecallofcandy #bazookajoe #topps #gum #vintagecandy #nychistory #madeinnyc

TONIGHT! The sweet, sticky antics of Bazooka Joe and his gang take center stage at the City Reliquary. The History of Bazooka Joe starts at 8 (doors at 7; come check out our exhibit The Call of Candy for more candy ephemera and history)!

Tickets available at the link in bio or the link below or at the door!
https://withfriends.co/event/11324737/the_history_of_bazooka_joe

#candy #thecallofcandy #bazookajoe #topps #gum #vintagecandy #nychistory #madeinnyc

This Saturday night! Catch @mandalact open for @jeremyandtheharlequins in our big, beautiful backyard! We also have spec...
06/09/2021

This Saturday night! Catch @mandalact open for @jeremyandtheharlequins in our big, beautiful backyard!

We also have special guests, @frickfrackblackjack accompanying us for non-monetary blackjack all night long! Bring your junk and bet it all!

Ticket link in our inst bio or on our Withfriends.com page!
Free for members as always ♥️

📸 @the_kehrley_jake

Produced by @jointhefuturenow

#thisweekend #nyc #williamsburg #bushwick #communityart #neighborhoodlove #artistsoninstagram #music #concerts #rocknroll

Attention fans of classic comics and classic candy! The City Reliquary is proud to host a sweet and hilarious panel on t...
06/08/2021

Attention fans of classic comics and classic candy! The City Reliquary is proud to host a sweet and hilarious panel on the history of Brooklyn's own eyepatched rascal, Bazooka Joe! Join us this Thursday, June 10 at 8 pm for a supremely entertaining evening! Doors open at 7 for guests to peruse our current exhibition, The Call of Candy, featuring ephemera & artifacts from 200 years of candy manufacturing in NYC!

Our distinguished panelists include:
Charles Kochman (Abrams ComicArts)
Ira Friedman (Topps)
Jason Liebig (collectingcandy.com)
R. Sikoryak (Constitution Illustrated)
plus a special appearance by M. Sweeney Lawless (writer of ill repute)

Tickets are $7 general admission and free for City Reliquary Members. Tickets at the link in bio or below: https://withfriends.co/event/11324737/the_history_of_bazooka_joe

#thecallofcandy #candy #candymanufacturing #bazookajoe #Topps #bubblegum #nychistory #madeinnyc #classiccomics #nycevents #comicarts

Attention fans of classic comics and classic candy! The City Reliquary is proud to host a sweet and hilarious panel on the history of Brooklyn's own eyepatched rascal, Bazooka Joe! Join us this Thursday, June 10 at 8 pm for a supremely entertaining evening! Doors open at 7 for guests to peruse our current exhibition, The Call of Candy, featuring ephemera & artifacts from 200 years of candy manufacturing in NYC!

Our distinguished panelists include:
Charles Kochman (Abrams ComicArts)
Ira Friedman (Topps)
Jason Liebig (collectingcandy.com)
R. Sikoryak (Constitution Illustrated)
plus a special appearance by M. Sweeney Lawless (writer of ill repute)

Tickets are $7 general admission and free for City Reliquary Members. Tickets at the link in bio or below: https://withfriends.co/event/11324737/the_history_of_bazooka_joe

#thecallofcandy #candy #candymanufacturing #bazookajoe #Topps #bubblegum #nychistory #madeinnyc #classiccomics #nycevents #comicarts

Chew gum and attend a panel on comic arts history at the same time. Link in our biography, or buy at the door.
06/05/2021

Chew gum and attend a panel on comic arts history at the same time. Link in our biography, or buy at the door.

Chew gum and attend a panel on comic arts history at the same time. Link in our biography, or buy at the door.

Whiskey, old cinema, comedy in the mist. Tickets still available at the door. Get here by 7:56pm. Welcome to @whiskey_fl...
06/03/2021

Whiskey, old cinema, comedy in the mist. Tickets still available at the door. Get here by 7:56pm. Welcome to @whiskey_flicks_live.

Whiskey, old cinema, comedy in the mist. Tickets still available at the door. Get here by 7:56pm. Welcome to @whiskey_flicks_live.

SPACE/TIME with @sabina.crowley, @john_s_hall, @little.cobweb, @emuloo, and @venuhhhtrix was a hit!! Check out more in t...
06/02/2021

SPACE/TIME with @sabina.crowley, @john_s_hall, @little.cobweb, @emuloo, and @venuhhhtrix was a hit!!

Check out more in the SPACE/TIME concert and variety series at the link in our bio or Withfriends.com page!

We have @jeremyandtheharlequins, @mandalact, @moonkissedmusic, @betweengiantsofficial, @sarahandthesafeword, @dogparkdissidents, @jhariahclare, @slutmagicmusic, @warhoneyband, @dontaydowner and more all summer long!

#music #bands #shows #concert #nycmusic #brooklynmusic #bk #nyc #williamsburg #bushwick #variety #nonprofit #community #poet #poetsofinstagram #darlingsandlovelies #accordian #burlesque #rocknroll #events

Cartoon Carnival is back at The City Reliquary! For program #95, vintage animated films shine the spotlight on two thing...
06/02/2021

Cartoon Carnival is back at The City Reliquary!

For program #95, vintage animated films shine the spotlight on two things that many of us have sorely missed over the past year: going places, and being out on the town with friends and crowds.

The selection of shorts features a wide array of Cartoon Carnival favorites...from silent era superstars Bobby Bumps, Farmer Alfalfa, Koko the Clown, and Felix; to the Van Beuren Studios' Tom & Jerry (not the cat and mouse!) and Molly Moo Cow; then onward with Krazy Kat, Buddy, Egghead, and even Gumby—plus a few other oddities and surprises mixed in, as always.

In acknowledgement of Pride Month, we're also selecting a couple of 1930s shorts with brief cameos from q***r-coded characters, whom we lovingly reclaim as part of our LGBTQIA+ inclusive Cartoon Carnival family.

Brought to you by @tomatitojose, owner of the legendary Tommy Stathes 33mm film cartoon archives!

Popcorn and bar will be available all night from 7-8. Show starts at 8. Limited capacity - get Tix while they last!

♥️ Ticket link in our insta bio or on our Withfriends.com page ♥️

Cartoon Carnival is back at The City Reliquary!

For program #95, vintage animated films shine the spotlight on two things that many of us have sorely missed over the past year: going places, and being out on the town with friends and crowds.

The selection of shorts features a wide array of Cartoon Carnival favorites...from silent era superstars Bobby Bumps, Farmer Alfalfa, Koko the Clown, and Felix; to the Van Beuren Studios' Tom & Jerry (not the cat and mouse!) and Molly Moo Cow; then onward with Krazy Kat, Buddy, Egghead, and even Gumby—plus a few other oddities and surprises mixed in, as always.

In acknowledgement of Pride Month, we're also selecting a couple of 1930s shorts with brief cameos from q***r-coded characters, whom we lovingly reclaim as part of our LGBTQIA+ inclusive Cartoon Carnival family.

Brought to you by @tomatitojose, owner of the legendary Tommy Stathes 33mm film cartoon archives!

Popcorn and bar will be available all night from 7-8. Show starts at 8. Limited capacity - get Tix while they last!

♥️ Ticket link in our insta bio or on our Withfriends.com page ♥️

This Saturday! See @dontaydowner and Anthony James Morace open for @warhoneyband in our big, beautiful backyard! Experie...
05/27/2021

This Saturday! See @dontaydowner and Anthony James Morace open for @warhoneyband in our big, beautiful backyard!

Experience SPACE/TIME with cosmic rock n roll music, typewriter poets, museum access, Polaroid portraitist, and more!

It’s pay what you want, but tickets are limited, so get yours now at the link in our insta bio 😎

#rocknroll #cosmic #space #nyc #newyork #brooklyn #williamsburg #bushwick #artistsoninstagram #musician #concert #nycevents #thisweekend #dance #community #nonprofit #neighborhood #shows

Looking for Sunday night plans?! Look no further! Come see Unhinged, hosted by @jupitergallaxxi from 8-10 tonight with w...
05/23/2021

Looking for Sunday night plans?! Look no further! Come see Unhinged, hosted by @jupitergallaxxi from 8-10 tonight with wild performances that will leave you in the edge of your seat!

You don’t want to miss this - get your tickets now at the link in our bio 💜♥️💙💗

Pictured here is the one and only @fistyweaner at our last Grandma Loves you q***r market and drag show in our beautiful backyard 💗💗💗

📸 @jointhefuturenow

#nyc #nycdrag #brooklyn #willimsburg #events #drag #show #dance #cantmiss

🌈Happy Mother's Day!🌈Come celebrate with @fantasygrandma and all your friends (mom's included!) in our backyard 1-6pm wi...
05/09/2021

🌈Happy Mother's Day!🌈Come celebrate with @fantasygrandma and all your friends (mom's included!) in our backyard 1-6pm with fabulous music, comedy, drag, and shopping! And more!

Fantasy Grandma might even write you a check on this special day ;)

#brooklyn #williamsburg #nyc #drag #fantasy #mothersday #grandmas #comedy #events #music #fun

🌈Happy Mother's Day!🌈Come celebrate with @fantasygrandma and all your friends (mom's included!) in our backyard 1-6pm with fabulous music, comedy, drag, and shopping! And more!

Fantasy Grandma might even write you a check on this special day ;)

#brooklyn #williamsburg #nyc #drag #fantasy #mothersday #grandmas #comedy #events #music #fun

Sunday! We have music, comedy, drag, and shopping for free all day (1-6) in our spacious backyard!Bring your mom, being ...
05/07/2021

Sunday! We have music, comedy, drag, and shopping for free all day (1-6) in our spacious backyard!

Bring your mom, being your friends, bring yourself to The City Reliquary for fun all around!

#williamsburg #nyc #brooklyn #concert #music #comedy #drag #nycdrag #nycevents #brooklynevents #thisweekend #popupshop #shopsmall #shoplocal #neighborhoodlove #communityfirst #handmade #local #maskup #shows #brooklynartist

This Sunday! Come dance in our backyard at Grandma Loves You - a gay day of drag, comedy, music, and shopping!Pictured h...
05/06/2021

This Sunday! Come dance in our backyard at Grandma Loves You - a gay day of drag, comedy, music, and shopping!

Pictured here is last time, featuring @agavelamour, @daphne_always, and @matthewrickettscomposer!

With your unbeatable host @fantasygrandma and producer @cquitty this is a can't miss day of safe silly celebrations!

#Williamsburg #Brooklyn #nycevents #nonprofit #drag #comedy #concert #brooklynartists #handmade #art #nyc #events #variety #becivic #community #neighborhood #dance #fun

🚨YOU KNOW THE DRILL 🚨Mark your calendars, text your friends, bring your mom, or not. Grandma Still Loves You is happenin...
05/04/2021

🚨YOU KNOW THE DRILL 🚨

Mark your calendars, text your friends, bring your mom, or not. Grandma Still Loves You is happening 1-6 in our beautiful backyard this Sunday!

A gay day of drag, music, comedy, and q***r shopping. Can’t see your grandma this Mothers’ Day? @fantasygrandma will take care of you, and write you a $5 check for gas money. Plus, additional backyard performances by Treya Lam, Emi Grate, & Misty Meaner, and a Q***R SHOPPING BAZAAR featuring local vendors. No RSVP necessary, just stop by. All are welcome! Families too, though there will be sexy dancing & some explicit lyrics.

Presented by @cquitty

#brooklyn #bazaar #shopping #gay #drag #shopping #williamsburg #pride #music #nonprofit #fun #q***r #comedy #show #thrills

🚨YOU KNOW THE DRILL 🚨

Mark your calendars, text your friends, bring your mom, or not. Grandma Still Loves You is happening 1-6 in our beautiful backyard this Sunday!

A gay day of drag, music, comedy, and q***r shopping. Can’t see your grandma this Mothers’ Day? @fantasygrandma will take care of you, and write you a $5 check for gas money. Plus, additional backyard performances by Treya Lam, Emi Grate, & Misty Meaner, and a Q***R SHOPPING BAZAAR featuring local vendors. No RSVP necessary, just stop by. All are welcome! Families too, though there will be sexy dancing & some explicit lyrics.

Presented by @cquitty

#brooklyn #bazaar #shopping #gay #drag #shopping #williamsburg #pride #music #nonprofit #fun #q***r #comedy #show #thrills

This week the Call of Candy takes a trip to Wallabout, Brooklyn, once home to the Rockwood Chocolate Factory and site of...
05/03/2021

This week the Call of Candy takes a trip to Wallabout, Brooklyn, once home to the Rockwood Chocolate Factory and site of the Great Chocolate Flood.

Rockwood was founded in Manhattan in 1886 and moved its operations to Brooklyn in 1904. Rockwood's most popular products were its cocoa powder and Pecan Feast candy bars. From 1900 to 1950 Rockwood was the second largest chocolatier in the country (after Hershey's).

On May 12, 1919, a Rockwood building on Waverly Street caught fire. The water used to extinguish the fire washed gallons of cocoa powder and cocoa butter into the street and clogged the storm drains, creating a chocolatey river on Flushing Avenue. The Brooklyn Daily Eagle reported that the sight and smell of chocolate pouring through the street attracted children from miles around who skipped school to eat from the river; some were even swept away Augustus-Gloop-style. Fortunately, this food factory disaster resulted in only minor injuries.

During WWII Rockwood manufactured D-Rations, chocolate bars made to Army specifications. D-Rations were intended to be palatable but not so sweet that soldiers would eat it immediately as candy. The Captain who came up with the recipe described the desired sweetness as "no better than a boiled potato," which says a good deal about the Army's ideas of food.

Rockwood's business declined in the years after WWII and the firm closed in 1957. The building was vacant from 1967 to 1996, when it was converted to residences.

The Rockwood factory buildings are now part of the Wallabout Industrial Historic District, and some traces of their past lives can still be seen. 255 Park Avenue has bronze "R"s for Rockwood on its Waverly frontage, and some very faded painted Rockwood signs can be seen on Washington. And 315 Vanderbilt is the former union hall for the Candy and Confection Workers Local 452!

Thanks to Turnstile Tours for its great articles on Rockwood!

Photos:
1. Brooklyn Daily Eagle, May 12, 1919.
2. Rockwood Cocoa tin
3. Rockwood D-Ration
4. Rockwood factory buildings in Wallabout

Swipe to see @fantasygrandma at her finest! Of all the funny people who have been in our backyard, Fantasy Grandma might...
04/29/2021

Swipe to see @fantasygrandma at her finest!

Of all the funny people who have been in our backyard, Fantasy Grandma might be our favorite, but maybe not for long!

Five of NYC's best comedians are gracing our stage THIS SATURDAY - check out the competition with @kenicemobley, @courtmaginnis, @will.the.winner, @schrotime, and Ethan Simmons Patterson from 8-10pm!

Don't miss out - get your ticket now at the link in our bio, and members please RSVP to reserve a spot! Capacity is limited!

Get ready to laugh 😂
A lot 🤣😅😂

📸 @jointhefuturenow

#comedy #brooklyn #williamsburg #nyc #nycevents #thisweekend #standup #comedian #metropolitan #museum #nycmuseums #backyard #bar #micdrop #hilarious

NYC Gum history part 2! We pick up with the formation of the American Chicle Company in 1899 when Adams Chewing Gum soug...
04/28/2021

NYC Gum history part 2! We pick up with the formation of the American Chicle Company in 1899 when Adams Chewing Gum sought market dominance by consolidating with many of its gum competitors, including Beeman's, Yucatan, Black Jack, Cloves, Kis-Me, and Primley. American Chicle Co's buy-ups continued through the early 1920s, adding Sen-Sen, Chiclets, and Dentyne to its gum roster.

In 1920 ACC built an enormous chewing gum factory in Long Island City at 30-30 Thomson Avenue. Six stories high and a full block long, topped by a distinctive two-story tower, ACC's plant was one of the largest factories in the Degnon Terminal industrial area. It was known for its large rooftop signs advertising Chiclets, Dentyne, and Black Jack.

During WWII, the factory switched from gum production to the manufacture of K Rations for troops overseas. This led to later innovations in gum packaging and an award for meritorious service from the US Army.

On November 21, 1976, during an early-morning shift, an explosion occurred at the LIC factory. Propelled by magnesium stearate, a dust used to prevent the gum from sticking to the machines, extensive portions of the factory were destroyed by fire. Six ACC employees died and many more gravely injured. ACC's operations in Queens never recovered and the plant closed in 1981, laying off 1,600 workers.

The American Chicle building at 30-30 Thomson Avenue is now the headquarters of the NYC School Construction Authority. The rooftop signs advertising American Chicle brands are long gone, but the original terracotta flowers and tile work still decorate the facade. The American Chicle gum brands are now owned by Cadbury, and many are still produced under the Adams name.

Photos:
1. American Chicle Co. ad from 1914 featuring several of its brands.
2-4. American Chicle Co. employee handbook excerpts (1954 edition)
5. Vintage ACC gum wrapper assortment (some of this branding is very similar today!)
6. 30-30 Thomson Ave. today

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

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Is Santa coming to the Reliquary this year?
Is Santa coming to the Reliquary this year?
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