Rensselaer men — once again — voted area's best looking

By Curtis Riboflavin

Published May 24th, 2015

ALBANY -- For the fourth straight year, the best looking men in the Capital Region live in the city of Rensselaer.

A poll of 250,000 Albany Smudge readers overwhelmingly voted that Rensselaer — the hardscrabble city of 9,392 proud denizens along the Hudson River across from Albany— has no equal when it comes to male beauty.

The city easily retained its hunky hold over second-place finisher Corinth, third-place Schenectady and a fourth-place tie between Watervliet and Galway.

The annual poll is co-sponsored by the Capital Region Chamber of Commerce and Meat Eaters Bar & Grill in Fonda.

“Where’s the beef? Easy question. It's by the Amtrak station,” said Topple Hogmueter, executive director of the poll. “You have some lovely men in some towns and villages in upstate New York.  They do have strapping prospects who bring the heat. We do respect those gentlemen. Having said that, Rensselaer is the big leagues. We are talking about A-listers. Brawny blue chips. I don’t know what they put in the water, but pour it on me. Please!”

The British-born Hogmueter, 63, a married grandfather and cat owner who works at Subway, said from the 1930s and well into the early 1960s, Rensselaer was widely recognized internationally as a treasure trove of muscle men, sexy bouncers and sailors. Those men were so handsome, they married beautiful dames and had gorgeous children, he explained.

“Today, in the city of Rensselaer, we are seeing the fruit of those seeds,” he said.  “It’s delicious.”

Duke Hansome, 24, a stunner from downtown Rensselaer, said he was not surprised “in the least” at the poll results.

“Bro, I’ve been telling people that for years. We got some great-looking guys in this town,” he said.

Hansome said it is not unusual to see supermodels such as Christy Turlington, Candice Swanepoel and Miranda Kerr strolling on Washington Avenue in Rensselaer to check out “the scenery.”

“Guys in the this town are really hot,” said Mindy Moosherhead, 22, of East Greenbush.  “Oh yeah!”

Rensselaer Mayor Fred Dryer said in a press release:  “I am proud that once again, the great-looking guys of our fair city are being recognized as the undeniable dreamboats they are. We’re not just a train station. We are beautiful. This proves it.”


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