Vogel: New Yorkers rude? Oh gimme a break

New York City skyline

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According to a nationwide Business Insider poll released last week, New York ranks first in rudeness among all the states. All right! We're No. 1! Let's go Yankees!

Wait a minute -- that's an insult.

We all know that when people from everywhere else say "New York," they mean the city, not the state, and they direct particular venom toward Manhattan. They complain about the...

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Celeb Sightings: Leonardo DiCaprio at BBar & Grill, more

Leonardo DiCaprio

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Leonardo DiCaprio walking into BBar & Grill and then leaving a few minutes later

Rachel Zoe picking up beauty products at the mobile Birchbox Beach Cart in Southampton

Rosario Dawson at Gemma, acting “super nice” to a fan asking for a photo

Spotted a celeb around town? Email the details to Julie.Gordon@am-ny.com.  ...

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There's still time for great summer eats

Feast on crabs at Back Forty's crab boil.

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Even though the summer season is simmering to a close, there are still plenty of opportunities to catch the last waves of summertide feasting. Head out to destinations like the Rockaways and East Village restaurant Back Forty for fantastic crab boils, or Brooklyn’s Red Hook Lobster Pound for fresh picked lobster meals. End your summer with the endlessly enticing flavors that these places offer.

Saturday...

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Young motorcyclist who died recalled as a great worker, terrific friend

Jasmine Calix

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The 21-year-old motorcyclist who wiped out on the Belt Parkway in Sheepshead Bay Sunday was remembered Monday as a plucky, helpful, caring and hard working woman who cherished the gleaming Yamaha motorcycle that skidded at the Knapp St. exit and tossed her to her death.

"She had that bike for about a year. She really loved it," said Felix Miller, 43, a bartender and chef who...

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Tracy McGrady retires from NBA

Tracy McGrady

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Seven-time All-Star Tracy McGrady, a shooting guard renowned for his exceptional athleticism, announced on Monday that he was retiring from the National Basketball Association (NBA) after 16 years in the league.

A two-time scoring champion who played a small role for the San Antonio Spurs in the playoffs last season, McGrady averaged 19.6 points, 5.6 rebounds and 4.4 assists per game in a...

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2013 MTV VMAs: Nominees, winners and more [VIDEOS]

Justin Timberlake at the 2013 MTV VMAs in

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Justin Timberlake won big on Sunday at MTV's annual Video Music Awards, taking home the top prize for video of the year for "Mirrors" and a special achievement honor, and also led a much-anticipated onstage reunion of the boy band 'N Sync.

Hip-hop artists Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Taylor Swift and Bruno Mars were among other top winners, with Macklemore & Ryan Lewis taking...

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Column: Google's all grown up and that's too bad

MINYANVILLE

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When Larry Page became CEO of Google in 2011, Steve Jobs offered him some advice: "Figure out what Google wants to be when it grows up. What are the five products you want to focus on? Get rid of the rest. ... They’re causing you to turn out products that are adequate but not great."

Page took this criticism to heart. Over the last two years, Google has shuttered countless side projects,...

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Welcome, Freshmen: How to balance, life, work and play in NYC

Finding a quiet place to work, like the

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Fall brings college freshmen from all over the world to New York City — an amazing place to learn. With the city as a second campus, students get the kind of college experience that’s not available in the suburban sprawl of many college towns.

But the tricky part about going to school here is that the excitement of New York City can quickly take up all your time and drain your wallet. Here...

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Rocker Ty Segall goes quiet with 'Sleeper' album

Ty Segall

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Ty Segall is known for two things: an incredible work ethic that found him releasing three albums in 2012 and face-melting live shows full of guitar pyrotechnics. While his work ethic hasn’t changed, his latest album, “Sleeper,” is a departure, full of quiet, acoustic songs.

amNewYork spoke with him.

Why did you choose to make such a mellow album? It wasn’t really a choice. There wasn’t...

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Q&A with MK Asante: Overcoming 'Killadelphia'

MK Asante (Lee Steffen)

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Despite having a renowned scholar for a dad and a respected gang member for a brother, MK Asante still wasn’t protected from the gritty, drug-infested, gang-ridden violence of “Killadelphia, Pistolvania” in the ’90s.

On the outside, Asante’s a smart kid, growing up in an Afrocentric home in Philadelphia in the shadow of his dad: professor and author Dr. Molefi Kete Asante.

But Asante...

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