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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Nov 8, 2016

One of my favorite things to do is walk around New York just checking street art from block to block. On my walks I’ll catch the latest murals, graffiti, stickers and wheat paste art. If you don’t know what wheat paste art is, wheat paste is a gel or liquid adhesive made from wheat flour or starch and water. That glue thats usually made in a big bucket is then used for paper artwork and then pasted on smooth walls. You’ve probably seen it and ya don’t even know it. Think Shepherd Ferry and his project Obey Giant, then theres Adam Cost, or Swoon, theres Bunny M, uhh there is also JR of the Inside Out Project.

Today’s guest is Libby but most people probably know her from her street art, Phoebe New York. Phoebe can be found in the form stickers and wheatepaste art throughout the streets of New York.

I met up with Libby in Washington Square Park and she walked me through the good, the bad and the ugly of being a street artist. In this episode we talk about shooting film photography in Paris, her love of vintage book covers, writing, becoming an artist, her first solo show, transitioning into a street artist, putting up stickers, her first night of wheat pasting, getting arrested, meeting the New York City Vandal Squad, how her alter ego Phoebe was born, subliminal messaging, letting go of crutches and much much more.

Before you begin this episode or while you’re listening to this episode you should visit Phoebe instagram at phoebenewyork just to get an idea of what her work looks like and have a reference to what we are talking about as we make our way through her journey as an artist.

Of course you can find links to her IG and everything we talking about in this episode at below.

Don’t forget to subscribe, rate and leave a comment in the iTunes store aaaaand that’s enough intro for one show, please enjoy.

More About Phoebe New York 


Official Site -

Instagram -

Twitter -

Tumblr -

Links to the Stuff they Talked About


Mork and Mindy -

Washington Square Park -

Andy Warhol Sleep -

English muffin -

Chelsea Flea Market -

Mast Books -

Dash wood Books -

Mercer Street Books -

Strand Book Store -

The Catcher in the Rye -

Rorschach -

Polaroid SX-70 -

Wabi-sabi -

Street Art -

Wheat Paste Instructions -

Egg Shell Stickers -

Materials for the Arts -

Screaming Mimi -

Lulu Lemon -

Teen Vogue -

Glamor -

This episode is sponsored by Gorilla Coffee.

Oct 29, 2016

Today’s guest on the show is DJ CherishTheLuv also known as Cynthia. I met Cynthia back in the Spring and within a few minutes, I knew I wanted to invite her to be a guest on the show. Fast forward to a few days ago, our schedules aligned and we finally had a chance to meet in the East Village. I don’t want to give it away but here is some of what we talked about, growing up in the East Village, creating attractive design, the growth mentality, listening to your intuition, public speaking, talking to her phoenix, getting her doctorate in survival, meeting Oprah and declarations under good circumstances.

More About DJ CherishTheLuv

Website -

Instagram -

Twitter -

Facebook -

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center -

The Roost -

Tonga -


Links to the Stuff they Talked About


School of Visual Arts -

Young & Rubicam Group -

Fat Rat Press (The Matches) -

Full Sail University -

Jamel Shabazz -

Golden Book -

Highlights Kids -

Aventura -

Sony -

Nespresso -

Black Wine Glass -

Think First -

Dub Spot -

DJ Clue -

DJ Envy -

DJ Dirty Harry -

Phil Morse -

TEDxTeen -

How to Work a Room -

Change Your Brain, Change Your Life -

Ippudo NY -

Robertas -

Abraço  -

Robert Galinsky -


This episode is sponsored by Gorilla Coffee.

Oct 25, 2016

Today’s guest is my friend Natty Boom. I saw that Nat was in town from Paris and I invited her to be on the show. Turns out she wasn’t visiting, she was here to start a new chapter. So we met up in Union Square and just kicked it. In this episode we talk about growing up in the DMV, her thoughts on LA, learning new languages, siesta, fashion week, moving to Paris and much much more.

That’s enough intro for one show, please enjoy.

More About Natty Boom

Links to the Stuff they Talked About

Chateau Marmont -

American in Paris: Saul Williams critiques his home country from the outside looking in:

Place de la République:

Silencio -

Le Comptoir Général -

Le Perchoir -

La Barge -

DJ Jacks -

Hotel Costes Paris -

Colette -

Terry McMillan -

Roald Dahl - and

The Giving Tree -

West Indian Day Parade -

Anderson.Pak -

Frank Ocean -

Isaiah Rashad -

This episode is sponsored by Gorilla Coffee.

Oct 18, 2016

Amon welcomes Raeven Western to the show. They talk about learning from children, cutting school, her journey to becoming a professional model, social perspective, being committed to your dream and much much more.

More About Raeven Western and


Links to the Stuff they Talked About

Inwood, New York 

New York Models

Tom Ford

Yves Saint Laurent YSL

Tovah Klein, How Toddlers Thrive

The Tipping Point

Lemonade - Beyonce

Club Lotus

Yummy Thai

Museum of Natural History

Hall of Science 

Link to Danny Episode

Discover the Power Within You

The Pursuit of Happiness 

This episode is sponsored by Gorilla Coffee.

Oct 10, 2016

Amon welcomes Arturo Vega to the show. They talk about Arturo becoming a designer for the Ramones, moving to New York, first jobs, the music of the time plus much much more.

More About Arturo Vega and

Links to the Stuff they Talked About

Mexico City -

Elvis -

Orange Julius -

The Bowery -

Dee Dee Ramone -

Ramones -

Eisenhower dollar -

The Metropolitan Museum of Art -


The Clash -

Sex Pistols - Sex Pistols

Lou Reed -

David Bowie -

MC5 -

This episode is sponsored by Gorilla Coffee.

Oct 2, 2016

Amon welcomes Mustafa Shakir to the show. They talk about the power of a name, growing up in Harlem, being a barber, life as a poet, yoga, meditation, music, life on set, being a struggling vegan, the difference between New York and LA plus much  much more.

More About Mustafa Shakir and

Links to the Stuff they Talked About

Gerard Dure Salon -

Negro Ensemble Company, Inc -

Apollo Theater -

Adina Howard -

Heather Hunter -

Michael K. Williams -

SlamNation -

Saul Williams -

Afropunk Festival -

National Black Theatre -

Survival Soundz -

Survival Soundz - Dub is Dub -

Vipassana Meditation -

Integratron -

Joshua Tree National Park -

Quarry -

Sekou Sundiata -

Sekou Sundiata - Def Poetry -

Sekou Sundiata Dies at 58; Performer of Text and Sound -

The New School -

The Celestine Prophecy -

On the Breath of the Gods -

The Kybalion: A Study of The Hermetic Philosophy of Ancient Egypt and Greece -

Alibris  -

The Alchemist Kitchen -

Bikram Yoga NYC -

Calcifying your Pineal Gland -


This episode is sponsored by Gorilla Coffee.

Sep 27, 2016

Amon Focus, in another iteration of New York Said, had the opportunity to speak with TMNK at the 2013 SCOPE event and he happened upon a very inspiring man whose message was this “Inside everybody anybody and especially you is a gift that God put that there is something that you can do that no one else can do there is a contribution that you can make to this world but you got to believe in yourself and you got to work at it every day, relentlessly. It will be difficult. But I want people to see if a nobody like me can come to the streets of New York and several years later, not ten years later within 5 years has his work exhibited around the world and to be up here in SCOPE that anybody can, anybody can make a difference, everybody can make a difference.” –TMNK

The contemporary artist’s message is truly inspiring and uplifting, he used his art and his voice to encourage those around him to master their gifts and honor the ideas of being your brothers & sisters keepers. He would not allow himself to be defined by the ignorance of others and left a legacy that stained the mind and soul of those who were lucky enough to experience his art and his message that art is a weapon. There were 3 jewels in all of his work dedicated to his 3 children. This interview is dedicated to them and his family so that they may hear and honor the legacy that was built for them by this incredible man. May he rest in power.

ART IS MY WEAPON: A Conversation with TMNK (Video):


More About TMNK


This episode is sponsored by Gorilla Coffee.

Sep 19, 2016

Amon welcomes Jeff Wick to the show. They talk about the good music, creative processes, what it's like being at cop, photography and good eats.

More About Jeff Wick

Instagram -

Links to the Stuff they Talked About

The Music

Mos Def -

Ummi Says -

AfroPunk -

Outkast -

Common -

Jame Brown -

Jill Scott -

The Films

Police Academy (Movie) -

Stretch and Bobbito: Radio That Changed Lives -

Miles Ahead -

James Brown Movie -

Good Eats

Jackson Hole -

Mexicocina -

Smorgasburg -

Millie Peartree -

The Places

Harlem -

Utica -

Lower East Side -

Other Stuff

Monocle -

House of Ink -

Weitz & Luxenberg P.C. -

Foot Locker -


Gordon Parks -

Super Soakers -

Urban Youth Bike Core -


This episode is sponsored by Gorilla Coffee.

Sep 13, 2016

Amon welcomes Matt FX to the show. They talk about a ton of music, a variety genres, a plethora of artists, a gaggle of geese, warehouse parties, tv shows, movies and all while learning the peaks & valleys Matt has endured to becoming the person he is today.

More About Matt FX

Sound Cloud -

Instagram -

Twitter -

Links to the Stuff they Talked About


Lumpia Shack Snackbar -

Coppelia -


Modern Family -

Fame -

The Shining -

Yellow Submarine (film) -

Skins UK -

Skins MTV -

Russell Brand -

The Mighty Boosh -

Rent -

Broad City -


Jai Paul -

Diplo -

A-Track -

Dillon Francis -

Skrillex -

Mushrooms (Skins us Soundtrack ) -

Post Malone - White Iverson -

Sleigh Bells -

Jimmy Eat World -

Blood Orange -

Blood Orange - Sutphin Boulevard -

Animal Collective -

Phantogram -

M83 -

DJ Green Lantern -

How To Make It In America - Mixtape Vol.2 by Mick Boogie -


Rap Phenomenon II - DJ Vlad, Dirty Harry, DJ Green Lantern -

Nicolas Jaar -

Matthew Dear -

Ludacris -

DJ Raff - Latino N' Proud -

vcvl -

Jarina De Marco -

Tony Quattro -

GoldLink -

Smino -

monte booker -

Sángo -

Zero Fatigue -

Chance The Rapper -

Alex Tumay -

James Kurd -


Sugar Candy Mountain -

J Balvin -

Azealia Banks -

Azealia Banks- Slow Hands (Interpol Cover) -

Azealia Banks - "212" Video (2011) -

Young Thug -

Zapp and Roger -

Mark Morrison - Return Of The Mack -

Nelly -

Women of the Calabash -

The Beatles -

The White Stripes -

Linkin Park -

Jet (band) -

* N S Y N C -

A Tribe Called Quest -

De La Soul -

Freddie Gibbs -


Rinsed -

Shea Stadium BK -

285 Kent -

Market Hotel -

Electric Zoo -

Webster Hall -

Verboten -

The Limelight -

Le Bain - The Standard Hotels -


Groton -

Choate Rosemary Hall -

Phillips Exeter Academy -

Saint Thomas Choir School -

Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School -

The University of Glasgow -

McGill University -


West Village -

West Beth -

New Zealand -

Williamsburg -

Bushwick, Brooklyn -,_Brooklyn

Art Basel -

Dance-punk -

Todd P -

ShowPaper -

DIY Band Sites -

This episode is sponsored by Gorilla Coffee.

Sep 6, 2016

Amon welcomesEmily Khoo to the show. They talk about growing up in Atlanta, reaching out to guests, lines of New York, regrets, struggling with Identity and Sexuality, trolling in chat rooms, trips to Louisiana, coming out, first jobs, creative processes and finding your passion.

Links to the Stuff we Talked About

Know these Folks

Stefan Sagmeister -

Andrew Eccles -

Eat Here

Der Krung Thai Cuisine -

Uma Temakeria -

Kimpton Ink48 -

Gotham West Market -

Ample Hills Creamery (The Ice-cream Spot) -

Blue Bottle Coffee -

Genuine Roadside -

Ivan Ramen -

Gabriel's Gate -

Anchor Bar -

Read This

Seat of the Soul -

Watch This

Idiocracy  -

Go Here

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater -

Corning Museum of Glass -

The Strong | National Museum of Play - Rochester -

Union Square -

Columbus Circle -

Buffalo -

Supreme -

Story -

On Tap -

More About Emily

This episode is sponsored by Gorilla Coffee.

Aug 30, 2016

Amon welcomes The Bespoke Bloke to the show. They talk about how Tony got the name Bespoke Bloke, Neffi Walker, farm life, share-cropping, PBS, soccer, imagination, Marianna-FL, 100% organic, integrity, honesty, hard work, listening to people’s story, Up With People, music engineering, Greyhound, native Americans, race relations, learning from strangers, Project Pride, being a floater, Rodney King, Zurich- Switzerland, new languages, baby-sitting, illegal immigrant, Old Dirty Bastard, Mercedes Fashion Week, The Roots, exceptions to the rules, PR marketing, Cliff Notes, 9/11 and pregnant women.

New York Neighborhoods & Locations

Alphabet City
Bryant Park
Washington Square Park


The Five people you meet in Heaven
The Wisdom of Psychopaths: What Saints, Spies and Serial Killers Can Teach Us About Success

Musical Mentions

20/20- Justin Timberlake
The Roots
Wu-Tang Clan


B Bar at Baccarat Hotel
Freeman Alley
La Esquinas

Also Mentioned

Neffi Walker
Mannequin (1987)

How to connect with Tony:

Twitter: @thebespokebloke
Instagram: @thebespokebloke

This episode is sponsored by Gorilla Coffee.

Aug 23, 2016

Amon welcomes Netic Rebel to the show. They talk about Karma & Reincarnation, Mind Modes & Thought Processes, Consciousness, Picking Your Family, Power To Manifest, Rebelliousness, Parental Influences, Athletic Training, Education, The Importance of Critical Thinking and the Capacity of Desire, The Dangerous Minds Bus, Dynamic Consciousness, Self-Discipline, Absence of Evidence, Virtual Reality, Malcolm X, Vision Quest, Jay Z and Good Reads.

New York Neighborhoods 

Lower East Side (LES)
South Bronx (SoBro)

The Alchemist
The Witch of Portobello
The Seventh Son
The Book of Children: Supporting the Freedom and Intelligence of a New Generation (Foundations of a New Humanity)
Osho Love, Freedom, Aloness
The Book of Women
I Am That
The Autobiography of Malcolm X
Autobiography of A Yogi

Musical Mentions
Jay Z
Jay Electronica

Connect with Netic Rebel

Twitter: @Netic
Instagram: @Netic

Netic’s Podcast: This Message Will Self Destruct Podcast

This episode is sponsored by Gorilla Coffee.

Aug 16, 2016

Amon welcomes Alexandra Estevez to the show. They talk about: Nurturing The Artistic Child, SOBs, Instinct For Survival, Magic, Getting Your Ass Kicked, Is new York Still the Media Center, Building Character, Life & Learning, VH1, No Box, For The Clicks, Work that Makes You Feel, Desensitization, Beautiful Souls, Good Mornings, Karma, Big Foodie, Eats, Drinks, Tats, The Real New York, Punched In the Mouth, Maturity, Unskippable Albums and much much more.

New York Neighborhoods 
Lower East Side (LES)
South Bronx (SoBro)

The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari

Drink Spots
Donny Brooks
Max Fish

Good Eats
St. Anselm
Fette Sau
Peter Lugar
Spuyten Duyvil

Amerie - All I Have
Ashford & Simpson- Is It Still Good To Ya
Frank Ocean- Channel Orange
Lil Wayne Love Me or Hate Me
The Beatnuts-A Musical Massacre

Musical Mentions
Jay Z
Kanye West
Kurious Jorge
The Notorious B.I. G.
Meek Mill
Wu-Tang Clan

Tattoo Spots
Fun City Tattoo

How to connect with Alex?
Twitter: @_AlexEstevez

This episode is sponsored by Gorilla Coffee.

Aug 9, 2016

Amon welcomes Daniel Rush Patton to the show. They talk about fun on the block, Bikes and the BMX life, GoKarts & scars, outside, The Streetlight Rule, getting in big trouble, The Shop, building it from scratch, Toys-R-Us, 19 year old EMS Danny, pulling to the right, testing the limits, parenthood, nuclear option and being the best person.

New York Neighborhoods 



Connect with Dan: @rush_7

This episode is sponsored by Gorilla Coffee.

Aug 2, 2016

Amon welcomes Juan Sanchez to the show. They talk about the art of a cigar, what is rolling, the difference between cigarettes and cigars, la fortaleza, hole in the wall Mom and Pop eats, good shakes, tailoring, good vibes, meditation, the importance of art, films that move you, The Godfather, TAKI183, BMX, the pride in immigrant stories, the 80’s, how to keep a secret, the Human app, synchronicity, keeping the imagination alive and a grown up kid.

New York Neighborhoods
Astoria, Queens
Lower East Side
The Heights


Angels & Demons
Sympathy For The Devil
The DaVinci Code
The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao
The Godfather Returns
The Godfather’s Revenge

Above the Rim
Hoop Dreams
The Godfather
The Pursuit of Happiness

The Guggenheim
The Whitney
5 Reasons  to Visit The Whitney

Southern Hospitality
Peanutbutter & Co.
Shake Shack
Little Italy Pizza
Brooklyn Bagel

Nat Sherman
The Orchard Tailor Services

Connect with Juan: @SlvrYems

This episode is sponsored by Gorilla Coffee.

Jul 26, 2016

Amon welcomes Dusty Rhodes to the show. They talk about Dusty becoming an expert at his craft, where are the best places to play in New York City, the difference between Busking and being a Griot, how much can an independent musician make in a day, canceling your stereotypes, the art of givingthe universal language of music, no place like New York, two types of people and the good vibe zone.

New York Neighborhoods 
Lower East Side
Wall Street

Definition of Terms

The Quran


This episode is sponsored by Gorilla Coffee.

Jul 19, 2016

Amon welcomes Mary J. Chery to the show. They talk about growing up in New York; the day Biggie got shot, clubbing, college life, sounds of the city, psychology vs. sociology, being a social connector, the youth hustle, summer festivals, don’t stop in the middle of the sidewalk, allergies, mom mode, 30k pre-K and guys going to baby showers.

Music Mentioned

Music Artist Mentioned
Black Moon
The Cover Girls

Dance Styles Mentioned
Heel Toe
Pepper Seed

Locations Mentioned
Spanish Harlem
Upper West Side
Washington Heights

Sweet Spots Mentioned
Cake Boss aka Carlo’s Bake Shop
Cake Man Raven
Dough Doughnuts
Make My Cake
Sugar and Plumm

Restaurants Mentioned
Spring Natural Kitchen
Flor De Mayo

This episode is sponsored by Gorilla Coffee.

Jul 12, 2016

Amon welcomes Greg "Comfort Crusade" Graham to the show. They talk about Promo Only, golden age of hip hop in the late 90’s, what budget, parties before the age of social media, perks vs. payola, church in the morning, relationship building, London ambassador and match-making, the changing landscape of New York, what is electronic lounge genre, choosing to live in New York, Comfort Crusade and Drink Lounge.

Music Mentioned

Sounds from a Parallel Universe by Comfort Crusade

Skit Mentioned
Bushwick, Brooklyn 2015- Saturday Night

Locations Mentioned

Astoria, Queens

Drink Spots Mentioned

Drink Lounge

Restaurants Mentioned

Asia De Cuba

Benjamin Steakhouse


Peter Luger

The New York Dog House

Calle Dao

Connect with Greg Graham


Comfort Crusade podcast


 This episode is sponsored by Gorilla Coffee

Jul 5, 2016

Amon welcomes Jasmine Howard to the show. They talk about nicknames, old school platforms of social media, what you can’t do in New York, the side hustle spirit, how to survive corporate America, why she might write a book,  the commuter experience and her favorite places to chill in New York.

Locations Mentioned

West Village


Times Square

Bryant Park

Drink Spots Mentioned

The Four-Faced Liar

Restaurants Mentioned

Parker & Quinn

Junior’s Cheesecake

Connect with Jazmine Howard



This episode is sponsored by Gorilla Coffee.

Jun 28, 2016

Amon welcomes Jimmy Barbetti to the show. They talk about what happens when life hands you synchronicity, life as a street artist, how Jimmy got into graffiti, what does life’s a trip mean to him, the Broadway Bomb, being an aspiring graphics designer, the difference between street art and graffiti, skating and his rock band.

Locations Mentioned

Broadway and Lafayette

This station makes it easy to arrive in NoHo/ Soho you can connect to the B, D, F or M trains to the 6 train. Take a look above at the ceiling to be immersed with "Hive" by Leo Villareal, a colorful light installation and LED sculpture of neon lights that changes colors. 

190 Bowery

In 1966, famed photographer Jay Maisel spent $102,000 on the run down190 Bowery, a former NYC bank that dates back to New York's Gilded Age. This iconic landmark of the New York street art and graffiti scene is undergoing another transformation. 

Jamaica Queens NY

Music Mentioned


New Found Glory

Scooped Up - Jimmy Barbetti’s band

Events Mentioned

Broadway Bomb

Movies/Documentaries Mentioned

Bomb the System

Style Wars

Connect with Jimmy Barbetti


 This episode is sponsored by Gorilla Coffee

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