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Subway dust and seltzer bottles part of museum love letter to NY

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Subway dust and seltzer bottles part of museum love letter to NY

Subway dust and seltzer bottles part of museum love letter to NY

City Reliquary, founded by Dave Herman, is an ode to New York's history.

Roselle Chen reports.


Subway dust and seltzer bottles part of museum love letter to NY

The City Reliquary museum loves New York, even down to the dust on its subway's rails.

It's filled with old subway tokens, a piece of concrete from the Flatiron Building and even a display cake from a cherished bakery that closed in 2013.

The museum's founder Dave Herman said the cake, that's definitely seen better days, has been shellacked a couple of times to preserve the frosting.

What started in 2002 as a window display in Herman's apartment grew into a larger space four years later in Williamsburg.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) CITY RELIQUARY FOUNDER, DAVE HERMAN, SAYING: "We hope that when people come in, they get a true sense of the pride that people in New York have for living here." The museum showcases often overlooked items like vintage seltzer bottles, Statue of Liberty memorabilia and a replica of a Chinatown newsstand called Petrella's Point covered with owner Adam Petrella's artwork.

It had operated for 30 years before it closed in 2004.

Metal boxes that all look the same have replaced newsstands of a bygone era.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) CITY RELIQUARY FOUNDER, DAVE HERMAN, SAYING: "One thing that's important to us is that people get a sense of sincerity, that although we're in a very hip and popular neighborhood that's often associated with irony or sarcasm, that's not something that we really represent here.

The items that we've collected and that we're displaying are things that were collected by people that are very passionate and that they really cared about not only the items that they were amassing but the stories that they were able to tell and so, through that, we were able to really express people's true passion for living in New York City." Through these artifacts, stories of an old and beloved New York emerge.

(Production: Andrew Hofstetter, Roselle Chen)

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