Urban archaeologists and trivia buffs will love this offbeat, non-profit mini museum of city history behind a nostalgic storefront. Quirky displays range from an era-spanning collection of Statue of Liberty figurines and 1939 World’s Fair memorabilia to vintage made-in-Brooklyn seltzer bottles and a diorama of an iconic local barber shop. Open the door of a beat-up metal locker to find a chandelier-lit exhibit devoted to early burlesque artiste Little Egypt, and hold an antique phone to your ear to hear a Sonny Rollins jazz track inspired by the Williamsburg Bridge. Some artefacts dig deep into obscure urban history. Check out a rare wooden brick and a subway token featuring the initials of a 1980s Transit Authority official – an unauthorised act that led to his dismissal.
The City ReliquaryA tongue-in-cheek cabinet of NYC curiosities
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