CULTURE BRIEFS: Meet Miss Subways, ballet and more


Miss Subways was New York’s most iconic and democratic beauty contest. Young women of mostly middle and working class backgrounds were selected, not just for their looks, but for the aspirations and dreams they had for their futures.

From 1941 to 1976, their portraits and biographies were displayed in subway cars throughout the city, and thousands identified with them. Photographer Fiona Gardner and journalist Amy Zimmer have tracked down most of the living former Miss Subways to see how their lives turned out. To see their current and former portraits and hear their voices, take in an exhibition at the New York Transit Museum, 130 Livingston Street, that will last through May.


We’re thinking ahead—all the way to April. Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts at Brooklyn College presents the iconic musical, “Fiddler on the Roof,” on April 14 at 3 p.m.

Written in 1964, it tells the story of the residents of a Russian village who attempt to maintain family and Jewish religious traditions while outside influences encroach upon their lives.

Written by Joseph Stein, with music by Kerry Bock and lyrics by Sheldon Harnick, the “landmark Broadway musical” is said to cut across barriers of race, class, nationality and religion.

Tickets are $45/$36 (orchestra/mezzanine) and can be purchased by phone at 718-951-4500 or online at


Also in April, Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts at Brooklyn College (BCBC) will bring you New York City’s full-length contemporary ballet, “Amadeus.”

On April 21at 3 p.m., the full-length ballet based on the life of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart will present viewers with insights into the creation of his greatest compositions. Tickets are $40/$30. Purchase them by phone at 718-951-4500 or visit

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