This year’s Miss Subways pageant got an upgrade form its usual location, the backyard of City Reliquary, to a proper stage at Littlefield in Gowanus. Six “advocates and lovers of the NYC underground” represented their subway line and vied for this year’s title in City Reliquary’s cheeky nod to the MTA’s Miss Subways campaigns of 1941 to 1976.

The brave contestants started out demonstrating talents that included singing, birdwatching, guitar playing, and lip-synching one of Cynthia Nixon’s campaign ads. A brief intermission allowed time for an optional costume change before the Q&As during which they were each asked one question with various scenarios. All were asked what topping they would have on their pizza if they were pizza rat.
With that, the judges went backstage to deliberate. Writer/actor Charles Battersby snagged Miss Congeniality by offering to make the former Miss Congeniality a character in their video game MTA: Molemen Tunnel Adventuring (a live demo is available to play for free). That bribe was steps ahead of the competition’s pastries.
Then it was time to announce the first place winner: Parker MacLure as the G train, who definitely brought out the biggest cheering section. They were awarded a new crown made by judge Rev. Jen Miller and a sash for Miss Subways 2018.
Other contestants included Jessica Delfino representing the F train, Jennifer Trabucco as the L, and Brittany Bernardi and Rew Starr as undetermined subway lines.
Click through our slideshow to see these highly trained individuals.