The new Miss America crowned on Saturday night lives in Brooklyn—but WHERE in Brooklyn? The Alabama native moved to New York in 2008 and says she has lived in "Bed-Stuy, Williamsburg, Bensonhurst, and Sunset Park" before moving to her current digs on 17th Street in Brooklyn. So is she in Park Slope, or Windsor Terrace? More importantly: why doesn't she ride a bike?
"I moved here in October 2008, so it’s almost been four years," Miss America, Mallory Hagen, told the Brooklyn Paper after she was crowned Miss New York. "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."
Considering how many of her neighbors seem happy to claim her, we suspect Hagen lives somewhere right on the hotly-contested border, but her subway stop is in what most consider Windsor Terrace. As the former Miss Brooklyn and Miss Manhattan previously said, while breaking our bike-loving hearts: "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!"
The exact neighborhood Miss America lives in though probably doesn't really matter, unless you're a Gothamist commenter. As Borough Mascot Marty Markowitz puts it: "I only care where she lives, and she lives in Brooklyn."
Meanwhile, other fun things we've learned about the first New Yorker to be crowned Miss America since Vanessa Williams? After she won Miss Brooklyn but lost Miss New York she dedicated herself to becoming thinner, but not too thin. "She did not want to be rail-thin," her boyfriend told the Post (so yeah, she's taken). "She did it the right way: She did a lot of CrossFit, and she just ate a lot better."
So there you have it. The new Miss America is in the cult of CrossFit. And as you can see she looks great in a bikini.