Posted: March 4th, 2009 | Filed under: Blatant Localism, Brooklyn, Things That Make You Go "Oy"
Keelie Sheridan, an Irish step dancer who moved here in 2005, is the new Miss Brooklyn — but not without a schmear of controversy.
The 22-year-old student says she’s been in love with Brooklyn ever since she moved into a Sheepshead Bay apartment that’s only seven minutes from the beach.
Sheridan is certainly more familiar with borough life than Leigh-Taylor Smith, last year’s winner, who lived in Manhattan.
Still, some Brooklynites are griping Sheridan hasn’t been here long enough to represent the borough’s 2.5 million people from 150 nations — people who speak 136 different languages.
Seven of the pageant’s nine contestants were born and raised in the borough.
“One of them should have won,” said Makada Lemont, 18, a student at Pacific High School and a lifelong Crown Heights resident.
Lemont’s friend Tiffany Cook, 20, also of Crown Heights, agreed: “She doesn’t know what Brooklyn is all about, like what we go through or anything about our lifestyle, like the clothing we wear, the way we talk, our swag.”