The awesome City Reliquary hosts benefit

(Credit: Urbanite)

This sign greets you at the museum's front desk. (Photos by Rolando Pujol)

If you've never been to the City Reliquary, then you're missing one of Gotham's gems. It's a Williamsburg storefront museum that's home to all kinds of New Yorkiana. It's the one place in the city where you can find everything from a salvaged sign for the Second Avenue Deli, to World's Fair memorabilia, to peep-show tokens and subway-station paint "specimens" that display generations of color layers. And that's just a sample of what awaits you.

Memorabilia from the 1939-40 World's Fair. Find your own Trylon and Perisphere salt-and-pepper shakers on eBay here.

The reliquary is a compelling reminder that we live in one of the most interesting cities on earth, and it opens your eyes to the history and curiosities -- urban archaeology, as we call it -- that practically every block contains, your own home included.

We're happy to see this sign found a safe and caring home.

It's well worth a visit, and equally worthy of your financial support. Thursday night at 7, you'll have a chance to do both, as the reliquary hosts a Summer Benefit Party. Among the offerings: a chance to win a date with a reliquarian! Click here for more details.

-- Rolando Pujol

A folk-art portrait of Jackie Robinson is surrounding by seltzer bottles and a can of Piels, a good drinking beer if there ever was one.

We happen to own a Redbird subway grab, but we never thought of mounting it on the wall thusly. We love it.

Part of the exterior awning, done in a style common to neighborhood bodegas.

Just a slice of the impressive collection of Statue of Liberty memorabilia.

Tags: city reliquary , williamsburg , brooklyn , signs , urban archaeology , stuff that's cool , museums , endangered nyc , education

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