Meals & Spiels, and Other Fine Events from the City Reliquary

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In February we penned a plaintive piece here about giving to the City Reliquary, a tiny nonprofit museum in Williamsburg that may lose its little home in an old bodega if it didn’t raise the rent money. (The fine space, which features plenty of objets d’eat, also got profiled in the last Edible Brooklyn.)

Good news is that they’ve met their initial goal of raising $20,000, and hope to meet $40,000 by July 31st, in part with a few super-cool events over the next few months, like a bike festish day, a movie about the last days of Coney Island and their first-ever Meals & Spiels on the 27th, a mash-up of food and drink from places like Saltie, the Meat Hook, Rose Red & Lavender, Roebling Tea Room, M. Shanghai and Brooklyn Brewery and lectures on the city’s food history at one of our favorite Brooklyn spaces, the Brooklyn Kitchen.  (Or the lazy among you could just donate here.) Here’s a round-up of the roster, straight from the source:

On April “THird THursday” 15th 7-10PM: The Vanishing Icons of Metropolitan Avenue: A History of Williamsburgh’s Handmade Shop Signs from the 1980s

We will host an opening reception for our new exhibition curated by writer Karen Hudes, “The Vanishing Icons of Metropolitan Avenue: A History of Williamsburgh’s Handmade Shop Signs from the 1980s.” The exhibit will be on display through July 11th, 2010 The exhibit will also be the focus of a collaboration between the City Reliquary, The Urban Memory Project, and students of the Lyons Community School in Bushwick, Brooklyn. The students will post their own exhibition at the City Reliquary as response to the “Vanishing Icons of Metropolitan Avenue.” This after-school program has been made possible through a grant from Council Member Diana Reyna.

http://www.cityreliquary.org/the-vanishing-icons-of-metropolitan-avenue-a-history-of-williamsburg%E2%80%99s-handmade-shop-signs-by-stanleywisniewolski/

On April 27th from 7-10pm: The First Ever Meals and Spiels

An Evening of Dinner & Lectures about NYC’s Food! at The Brooklyn Kitchen at 100 Frost Street. Meals and Spiels is a dinner that will focus on the incredible food shops, breweries, bakeries, and kitchens of North Brooklyn paired with informative lectures by some of New York’s foremost historians and experts.

http://www.cityreliquary.org/the-first-ever-meals-and-spiels-an-evening-of-dinner-lectures-about-nyc%E2%80%99s-food/

On May 22nd from 12-6PM: Sixth Annual Bicycle Fetish Day

We will host the 6th Annual Bicycle Fetish Day at Havemeyer Street between Metropolitan and Grand Streets. As always, this event promises to be fun for all bicycle lovers young and old. There’ll be live music, contests for bicycles of all categories, food and fun all day. Look back to the City Reliquary website next month for more details. Bicycle Fetish Day is part of Bike Month NYC

http://bikemonthnyc.org/index.php http://cityreliquary.org/events/archives/cat_bicycle_fetish_day.html

Through June 6th: “Last Summer at Coney Island

The City Reliquary is supporting the ongoing efforts of JL Aronson as a non-profit fiscal sponsor of his current film, “Last Summer at Coney Island“. This monumental documentary focuses on the key characters involved in the biggest redevelopment plan ever to visit the area. Help us support this film by making a donation at kickstarter.com

http://kck.st/9h4Xsx

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Rachel Wharton is the former deputy editor of Edible Brooklyn and Edible Manhattan. She won a 2010 James Beard food journalism award, holds a master’s degree in Food Studies from New York University, and has more than 15 years of experience as a writer, editor and reporter. A North Carolina native and a former features food reporter for the New York Daily News, she edited the Edible Brooklyn cookbook and was the co-author of both Handheld Pies and DiPalo's Guide to the Essential Foods of Italy. Her work also appears in publications such as The New York Times, the Wall Street Journal and Saveur.