New York Said

Teacher, sales associate, officer, tobacconist, rebel, MTA worker, artist, drifter - who? These are the people in your neighborhood. Hosted by Amon Focus, the New York Said podcast features in-depth artful conversations with people you don't often hear from, to hear things that aren't often shared (said), spotlighting life in New York. This is what New York Said. New episodes available on Tuesdays.
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Jan 31, 2017

Today’s episode a little different. This week I was in London walking their alleyways looking for street art and good eats. At some point I found myself doing the super touristy stuff, like checking out Big Ben and walking the busy South Bank Riverside Walkway.

On my my way to London Bridge I stumbled up gallery@oxo and was fascinated, better yet moved by Solo exhibition by artist Luke Norton, it was called ‘I haven’t been feeling myself lately’

I was so moved by the work that I inquired about the artist. Turns out Luke was in the spot and after a 5 minute conversation, I invited him to be on the show.  He was up for it and here we are.

In this episode we talking about growing up in South London, his current exhibition, words, ideas, phrases and much much more.

Please enjoy.


More Information about Luke Norton

Website -

Instagram -

Facebook -

Links to the Stuff they Talked About

Caravaggio -

This episode is sponsored by Gorilla Coffee.

Jan 24, 2017

Today’s guest on the show is Oz Rodriguez, a director over at Saturday Night Live.

It this episode we talk about growing up in DR, his journey as a director, working at Saturday Night Live, film and a good place to get a cup of coffee.

Please… enjoy.

Jan 17, 2017

Today’s guest on the show is Jeff Staple, Founder and Creative Director of Staple Design and Reed Space.

In this episode we talk about 20 years of Staple Design, The Fader, superstition, Nike "Pigeon" Dunk SB Low, poker, Jeff’s 1-2-1 Series, the term Streetwear Ambassador and much much more.

Please… enjoy.


More Information about Jeff Staple

Staple Design -

Staple Pigeon -

Reed Space -

Skillshare -

Instagram -

Twitter -

Links to the Stuff they Talked About

Shep Gordon -

KAWS X Nike Basketball Court -

The Fader -

The Fader (Video) -

Nike "Pigeon" Dunk SB Low -

The Nike "Pigeon" Dunk Riot (Film) -

Flight Club -

Marcus Tayui -

Hiroshi Fujiwara -

Andy Warhol -

Jon Cohen & Rob Stone -

KIDS (film) -

Beck -

Yasiin Bey (Mos Def) -

Erykah Badu -


1-2-1 feat. Mike Tyson (Ep 1) -

1-2-1 feat. Mike Tyson (Ep 2) -

1-2-1 feat. Mike Tyson (Ep 3) -

1-2-1 feat. Mike Tyson (Ep 4) -

1-2-1 feat. Black Thought -

1-2-1 feat. Daniel Kasidi / Rastaclat -

1-2-1 feat. COMMON -

1-2-1 feat. RZA (Part 1) -

1-2-1 feat. RZA (Part 2) -

Futura -

Bono -

Marc Eckō -

The Shirt Kings -

Shokunin -

Handmade Portraits: The Sword Maker -

5th Platoon -

DJ Neil Armstrong -

A-Trak -

Angelo Baque -

Tramps -

Wetlands -

Saul Williams -

Avant Yard -

Nuyorican Poets Cafe -

Malcolm-Jamal Warner -

Rawkus -

Mos Def & Talib Kweli Are Black Star -

Shabaam Sahdeeq -

Common - One-Nine-Nine-Nine:

Soundbombing -

This episode is sponsored by Gorilla Coffee.

Jan 10, 2017

This is episode is a little different. A few weeks ago I was asked by my good friends Natacha and Gary to do an engagement photography shoot. Thats not really my thing but I told them I’d be up to have a Sunday fun day in Brooklyn and I’d bring my camera to capture the fun.

So on the first day of 2017, we all met in DUMBO and I captured their day.

Now, a few years ago I had this grand idea to interview a newly wed couple and asked them how they met, their first date, blah blah blah… For some odd reason that idea never happened.

On the morning of my shoot with Natacha and Gary this little voice was like “Bring the mic, do that idea thing with the couples and stuff” and so I did.

After the shoot I asked if they’d be down to help make my idea tangible and of course they were. I really do have great and supportive friends.

They had a car, So I told Gary to take a walk and I interviewed Natacha in the back seat of their VW Jetta. And then Gary came back, then I asked Natacha to kick rocks and got Gary’s side of the story.

I really just wanted to do this interview in private and give it to them. I had no intention of making these conversations public let alone a podcast episode but as I listened to their stories, I felt compelled to share them with you.

I got their permission aaaaaaaaand here we are.

Please, enjoy.

Links to the Stuff they Talked About
Queens Botanical Garden -

This episode is sponsored by Gorilla Coffee.

Jan 3, 2017

Happy New Year good people, welcome to the New York Said podcast. It’s a very rainy Tuesday in the Lower East Side but I’m feeling it. I love the sunshine because I appreciate the rain.

This episode is a little different. A few days ago I invited Juan back on the show to talk about his favorite podcast, music and books but we ended up talking about that and everything under the sun.

What you’re about to hear is take two. In the first take we started off great and then somehow we ended up in the super dark political place. It didn’t even make sense to publish it, I just made a new clip as we were talking and started from there.

Please enjoy.


Juan’s Podcast Picks

Ice T: Final Level -

Drink Champs: Episode 9 w/ Too $hort -

Men in Blazers: : Bob Bradley Pod Special -

Tax Season: The T. Rodgers Episode -

GGN Podcast Ep. 69 - Rick Ross -


Amon’s Podcast Picks

Tax Season: The Black Thought Episode -

Sleep With Me:

How I Built This: Spanx: Sara Blakely -

The Tim Ferriss Show: Shep Gordon -



Links to the Stuff they Talked About

License to Drive (Movie) -

Flat Iron -

NYCHOS Sigmund couch -

40 Projects -,_Queens

Poconos -

The High Line -

Bushwick Collective -

Whitney -

MoMa -

Cyclone, Coney Island -

Janes Carousel -

Brooklyn Bridge Park -

Central Park -

Dinosaur BBQ -

The BBQ Spot (The Smoke Joint) -

Duke of Sandwich -

Parkway Bakery Tavern -

Mother’s -

Cochon -

Cane and Table -

Willie Mae's Restaurant -

The Roots -

Rock Box -

Dave Chappelle's Block Party -

Yasin Bey -

Jaguar Wright -

Dead Prez -

M-1 -


TMNK Episode -

N.O.R.E. Superthug (What What) -

Too $hort - Gettin' It -

Groove Theory - Keep Tryin' -

DMX - Slippin' -

Premier League -

Arsenal Magazine -

North London -

Canibus - DJ Clue Freestyle 97 ''I Speak At Frequencies'' -

'97 Mentality - Cappadonna ft Ghostface Killah -

Ready to Die -

The War Report -

Reasonable Doubt -

Shoe Dog: A Memoir by the Creator of Nike -

Solange -

Beginning Stages - A look into Solange’s songwriting process & jam sessions that shaped ASATT -

The Score (Fugees album) -

Comfort Crusade -

Got to Give the People What They Want by Jalen Rose -

Michael Jordan Playground -

Wooden: A Lifetime of Observations and Reflections On and Off the Court -

Young Jeezy -

Frank Ocean -

The Weeknd: Starboy -


This episode is sponsored by Gorilla Coffee.