Miss Subways Contest

The City Reliquary’s Miss Subways celebrates the historic “Miss Subways” beauty contest held in New York City from 1941 to 1976 (and resurrected once in 2004) while challenging traditional ideas of beauty. Updated for the 21st century, the event expands on the progressive history of Miss Subways as the first racially integrated beauty competition and is open to contestants of all gender identities, body types, and ages.

  • Miss Subways is Back and Coming to Coney Island
    After a covid-imposed hiatus, The City Reliquary Museum’s Miss Subways returns! The beloved event, known for highlighting NYC’s underground and outsider talent, will take place on Friday, April 28, 7:00-11:00 p.m., at New York’s historic nexus of the weird and whimsical, Coney Island USA’s Sideshows by the […]
  • Who Will Be Miss Subways 2019?
    The City Reliquary and Riders Alliance are seeking contestants who believe they should be the public ambassador for the New York City subway in its time of crisis. Despite the potentially “miss”-leading title, we welcome contestants of all gender identities! TO ENTER: Send the following in an […]
  • Miss Subways 2019!
    Tickets are Available Now! The Third Annual Miss Subways Extravaganza will take place on Thursday, October 3, 2019! We’re returning to Littlefield, 635 Sackett Street in Brooklyn, for this year’s celebration of the weird, wild, frustrating, entertaining, and vital circulatory system that is our city’s subways. With […]
  • Could YOU Be Miss Subways 2018? New Deadline to Enter September 19th!
    Are YOU this year’s Miss Subways? Buy Tickets HERE We’re looking for contestants who believe they should be the ambassador for the subway in its time of crisis. Despite the potentially “miss”-leading title, we welcome contestants of all gender identities. The deadline to enter is September 19th at 11:59 […]
  • Miss Subways 2018: September 27th!
    Purchase Tickets! $20 general / $15 Reliquary Members On Thursday, September 27 at 7 PM, the 2018 Miss Subways Pageant returns at Littlefield, 635 Sackett Street in Brooklyn. You might recall that last year we revived this quaint but outdated spectacle and gave it a modern spin. […]