Miss G Train Pageant
Tonight is the “Miss G Train” Pageant at the City Reliquary Museum in Williamsburg, BK. Most New Yorkers know of the G train as the ugly step-child train of the subway system. It’s the only train that doesn’t go to Manhattan, it only has 4 cars instead of the usual 8-10, and it’s notorious for service delays and long waits even when it’s on schedule (most wonder if it really runs on a schedule).
But I love the G train. It’s served me well, most of the time. I’ve lived on the G train in my 3 different dwellings here in Brooklyn over the past 2 and a half years (Greenpoint Ave, Metropolitan Ave, and currently Carroll St). And I have a wonderful election night 2008 memory of Obama-cheering with 200 strangers-turned-momentary-best-friends that actually makes me have a fondness for shuttling at Bedford-Nostrand.
And it may be my own loyalty to the G train, but I think of the G train as having a special Minnesotan-ness about it. It’s got a neighborhood vibe and a small-town feel. It’s got to defend itself to Manhattan-ites, much like St. Paul has to defend itself to Minneapolis.
I was too lame to enter this pageant myself, but thankfully, we have Minnesotans representing on both the judging panel and the contestants. Photographer and fellow native St. Paul-ite Fiona Gardner will be a judge. She has been photographing former “Miss Subways, ” which was a beauty pageant from 1941-1976, for a forthcoming book.
And I hope I’m not swaying our Minnesota ex-pat judge by mentioned that among the semi-finalists is MN ex-pat and shoe-in Anne Szustek, a fashion blogger for Williamsburg-Greenpoint News + Arts as well as community reporter for The New York Times’ Fort Greene-Clinton Hill blog.
The crowning of Miss G Train is tonight and the party features DJs, videos, live performances by the finalists, and Brooklyn Brewery beverages. We’re rooting for you, Anne!
The Crowning of Miss G Train
Thursday November 19th, 7-10 PM
City Reliquary Museum & Civic Organization
370 Metropolitan Ave at Havemeyer St.
(take the G train to Metropolitan Ave!)