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Mallory Hagan — a Park Slope resident — is now Miss America

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Brooklyn really is the best!

Park Slope resident Mallory Hagan is the new Miss America. We weren’t immediately able to get in touch with the Alabama native, who previously wore the crown as Miss New York, so we have republished a July 2012 interview with the pageant queen, who earned the shiniest of tiaras in Las Vegas on Saturday night.

Eli Rosenberg: How did you wind up in the county of Kings (and pageant queens)?

Mallory Hagan: I moved here in October 2008, so it’s almost been four years. I’ve lived all over the borough — I’ve lived in Bed-Stuy, Williamsburg, Bensonhurst, and Sunset Park. Now I live about three or four blocks away from Prospect Park in Park Slope. It’s my little escape area. I love the diversity in Brooklyn, that you can be in a Hasidic neighborhood one day, a Russian one the next day, and an Latino one after that.

ER: Do your neighbors know that Miss New York lives next door?

MH: I don’t think so, I don’t think they do. I didn’t exactly shout it from the rooftops. People always think I’m kidding when I tell that, and I’m like, “Yeah.”

ER: How well do you represent Brooklyn — and are you qualified to do it on the national stage as Miss America?

MH: I’ve lived in more neighborhoods here than most people. I think Miss America is a bit misconstrued at times. It’s not about being the perfect girl; the main criteria is that she can walk into a room and talk to anybody. It’s about being comfortable with who you are and owning it. Brooklyn sort of prepares you for that. I am a true Brooklynite, no one can tell me differently!

ER: What are some Miss New York-approved hangouts in the Slope?

MH: If I’m enjoying Brooklyn it’s usually in Prospect Park. My favorite restaurant in all of New York is Song. I also like the Roots Cafe — the people who own it are from Alabama, where I’m from originally, and they sell sweet tea and they do live music.

ER: Are you the first Miss New York to bike to work?

MH: No I don’t bike. And I don’t do yoga. I take the F train from the 15th Street, Prospect Park station. My parents have given me very little rules, but one of them that I will not ride a bicycle in New York!

Reach reporter Eli Rosenberg at or by calling (718) 260-2531. And follow him at

Updated 8:41 am, January 13, 2013: Story updated to correct an inaccurate photo caption.
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ty from pps says:
"Mallory Hagan: I moved [to Brooklyn] in October 2008, so it’s almost been four years. I’ve lived all over the borough — I’ve lived in Bed-Stuy, Williamsburg, Bensonhurst, and Sunset Park."


"Miss America, Mallory Hagan, who has excellent taste in newspapers, has called Park Slope home for the past six years."

Jan. 13, 2013, 8:01 am
Pat I. from 70's Brooklyn says:
I am not a beta male hipster nor am I some a wife beating guido who prefers his women chained to the stove.

Having stated this, let me move on....

Without the feminst mumbo jumbo, let me say that I, for the most part, agree with you. I hate pageants. I cannot understand how anyone can watch them with a straight face. 50 physcially stunning women parading around in bikinis and revealing evening gowns parrot about how Miss America is not about beauty but about celebrating women.

Yeah OK. You're kidding, right?

I watched the pageants because my wife was in Miss Teen USA. and won several local pageants. My favorite part is when they get to answer questions. What a bunch of imbeciles! No wonder the current Miss America (who's actually from Alabama) is going to F.I.T.

Most of them don't answer the question. The rest give a political answer. Like last night's question on armed guards. You could tell the contestant was looking for a way to squirm her way out of the situation. So she says that violence doesn't solve violence. Really? Maybe the NYPD should carry chalk socks and Silly String.

Or just come out and speak your mind - get rid of guns. It's obvious that the the judges are all flaming liberals so why no play up to them?

All in all, I find that extreme feminist and the dimwitted pageant queen both do women an injustice.

because I have a selfish, shallow and brain dead mother-in-law (she actually feels black or handicapped women should not be in pageants) I thank God everyday that we have a little boy - a strong incredibly bright 100% BOY.

Because my MIL is one to give advice like "men don't like smart girls" and "math is hard for girls".

I'll go away now.
Jan. 13, 2013, 11:10 am
Honey BOO BOO from TV Reality Show says:
If she won Miss America, Honey BOO BOO wins Miss universe.
Jan. 13, 2013, 11:43 am
the ORGINAL JAY from NYC says:
This contest is still going on? I thought it got canceled for lack of interest and horrible tv ratings?
ahhh but MOST importantly seems she is NOT a supporter of the PPW bike lane.
Jan. 13, 2013, 12:19 pm
ty from pps says:
Original Jay... umm... sort of the opposite. She doesn't bike because it's too dangerous on the unprotected roads, not because she think the PPW bike lane is too safe.
Jan. 13, 2013, 5:43 pm
The ORGINAL JAY from NYC says:
no ty she says her parents have a rule that she is not allowed to ride a bike in New York , last time I checked teh PPW bike lane is included in that please learn how to read and stop inventing bull crap that was not said. As usual you bring nothing to the discussion.
Here is the quote "My parents have given me very little rules, but one of them that I will not ride a bicycle in New York!"
For the rest of you non-trolls, saw a pic of her on the news, she looks waaaay older than the age she is claiming to be.
Jan. 13, 2013, 6:13 pm
ty from pps says:
Umm... Jay. Are you being serious?

How do you get --
"but MOST importantly seems she is NOT a supporter of the PPW bike lane."

From --
"My parents have given me very little rules, but one of them that I will not ride a bicycle in New York!"

And you attack me for making a MUCH more reasonable interpretation of her parents' rules?! Jesus H. Christmas.
Jan. 13, 2013, 7:12 pm
The orginal jay from Nyc says:
Ty she wont ride a bike becasue she feels its not safe, bike lane is pretty clearly covered in her statment, Iam not gonna put words in this womans mouth, but you seem to have no problem doing so.
Jan. 14, 2013, 6:57 pm
Tom from sunset park says:
Please bring back Bert Parks(hologram at least) and move the whole thing to the Saturday after Labor Day(I'm usually out of the country then).
It was originally meant to keep tourists at Atlantic City for one more post-summer week-end.
If she were to bike around Brooklyn I'm sure she'd stop traffic and no one would dare upset her.
Jan. 15, 2013, 9:39 pm

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