Rufus Wainwright’s Biggest NY Phobia? Getting Dog Shit on His Sneakers.


This week is the Voice‘s Best of NYC issue, our annual opportunity to bestow arbitrary awards like Best Fledgling Local Rock-Star Cheat Sheet and Best Literally Underground Cabaret Show. In turn, we asked a few of our favorite New Yorkers to name their favorite local things.

Singer-songwriter Rufus Wainwright has headlined Carnegie Hall and Radio City, but even he isn’t immune to dog owners who don’t pick up after their animals. He is, however, quite susceptible to short answers.

Worst public place to pass out?

Smack dab in the middle of Times Square.

Biggest New York-related phobia?

Dog shit on a sneaker.

Gay bar with the most promising clientele?

Eastern Bloc.

Best cigarettes? Best chocolate milk?

Classic Marlboro Reds and Hershey’s.

Best thing you can only find in New York that the rest of the world is missing out on?

Hailing two cabs at the same time.

Favorite fellow New Yorker, real or fictional?

I can’t tell if he’s real or fictional: Justin Bond.

Best place to be promiscuous?

My bedroom.

This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on October 27, 2009

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