Photography by Jeremy James

Casey Fremont

Executive Director, Art Production Fund

| Dumbo

How could you forget your greatest childhood memories? You know, like that time you lost your first tooth or when you finally rode your bike sans-training wheels. How about those family holidays where Andy Warhol barged in with a fistful of candy just for you… not ringing any bells? OK most likely not, unless that is, you’re Casey Fremont. The daughter of Warhol Factory workers, Fremont was a child of the Greenwich Village of the ’80s: she holiday-ed with the infamous pop artist, watched as a topless Brigid Berlin produced her iconic tit prints (at Fremont’s kitchen table no less) and scored an internship at Art Production Fund, a firm that helps artists to realize their more ambitious projects, as a mere high-schooler. Fast-forward and years later, Fremont’s still at the Fund (no surprise), only now she’s Executive Art Director, a title that has her spearheading massive public art projects (she helped commission Prada’s iconic Marfa, TX boutique) and working alongside top artists like Chuck Close. At home, Fremont’s primarily bicoastal these days, splitting her time between Brooklyn and Los Angeles (she tells us she’s way impressed with the West Coast art scene) with her two sons and husband/chef Brandon Crowe— two Coasts, one cook and one ever-evolving art collection… yeah, girl’s living the dream. So Fremont, teach us your ways? Here, she sits down with CITIPHILE to reveal her little black book on NYC.

NEIGHBORHOOD STANDBY: During the week, I eat at by CHLOE (MAP IT, x) for lunch every single day… honestly. My go-to is the kale Caesar salad, sweet potato fries and a chocolate chip cookie.

COFFEE OR TEA: Coffee from Brooklyn Roasting Company (MAP IT, x) or La Colombe (MAP IT, x) both places make the perfect latte every time.

ALL-TIME FAVORITE RESTAURANT: I have been going to Japonica (MAP IT, x) for sushi since I was three years-old. The bento box lunch specials are my favorite.

COCKTAIL DE LA NUIT: A dirty martini (which I rarely drink) from The King Cole Bar (MAP IT, x) at The St. Regis; I love hotel bars and old school bartenders— The King Cole Bar is perfect!

LADIES LUNCH: Sant Ambroeus (MAP IT, BOOK IT, x) for lunch; Indochine (MAP IT, BOOK IT, x) or Tiny’s (MAP IT, BOOK IT, x) for dinner.

AFTER-WORK HAPPY HOUR: I recently revisited the “old classic” Pravda (*Location now closed) for an after-work drink— Classic. Good.

BEST BRUNCH: Brunch is rarely something I have time for anymore so we usually grab a quick bite at Almondine (MAP IT, x) (which honestly has the best croissants in the city). Then, I head to the playground with my kids.

BEST PEOPLE WATCHING: The subway.

HEALTHY STAPLE: by CHLOE‘s kale Caesar.

GUILTY PLEASURE: I love a delicious plate of pasta at Charlie Bird (MAP IT, BOOK ITx) and my sons and I can’t resist cones from Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory (MAP IT, x) or the hibiscus doughnuts from Dough (MAP IT, x).

NY’S BEST-KEPT SECRET: That everyone is actually really nice. 

FIRST THING I MISS WHEN I’M AWAY: Being able to walk anywhere you want (weather and footwear permitting).

REGULAR AT: I’m a creature of habit so once I get into a routine, I become quite loyal… SoulCycle (MAP IT, x), by CHLOE and Brooklyn Roasting Company are all regular stops. Also, my kids and I hang out at PowerHouse Books (MAP IT, x) every weekend.

DATE NIGHT STANDBY: Uncle Boons (MAP IT, BOOK IT, x)— the food is incredible and it’s unconventionally romantic. My husband loves the flash-frozen beer.

KID-FRIENDLY STAPLE: We love One Girl Cookies (MAP IT, x). The ice cubes in their iced lattes are made with coffee so it never gets watery and I can’t resist the whoopie pies.

TO SEE AND BE SEEN: Jack’s Wife Freda (MAP IT, BOOK IT, x), Indochine and Sant Ambroeus (any location).

TO ESCAPE AND UNWIND: There is no greater escape than a little spa time; Tenoverten (MAP IT, BOOK ITx) is the absolute best for a relaxing mani-pedi.

GO-TO GETAWAY: I haven’t been able to escape very far recently, but I adore spending time at The Beverly Hills Hotel (MAP IT, x).

ARTIST OF 2016: Zoe Buckman is absolutely brilliant! I’m a huge fan and she is definitely one to watch!

ALL-TIME FAVORITE ARTIST: Andy Warhol.

ART AT HOME: It’s always a good idea to walk through the galleries in Chelsea and the Lower East Side. When you can’t get out, follow the galleries and artists on Instagram. Also, benefit auctions are a great place to get excellent art and support a good cause, plus they’re a great way to discover new artists.

CLOSET CHECK: My style is eclectic and ever evolving. I shop at Zoe (*Location now closed) and Barneys (MAP ITx).

BEST HOME DÉCOR: Xenomania (MAP IT, x) definitely has the most incredible finds!

BEST HOST/HOSTESS GIFTS: John Derian (MAP IT, x) or Barneys. Rodin candles are the perfect gift!   

FOR THE KIDS: I love Two Kids and a Dog in DUMBO (MAP IT, x) for the cutest clothes and best toys.

BEAUTY BLACK BOOK: Ricky (x) at Snip N’ Sip in the West Village (MAP IT, x); he will give you the greatest cut of all-time. 

FIT PICK: I am completely addicted (and very committed) to Laurie Cole’s (x) classes at SoulCycle.

ULTIMATE NY MOMENT: Something happens every day that makes me think, “only in NY.” I often walk across the Brooklyn Bridge and the view is incredible; the city looks so beautiful. I’ve lived in NY my whole life and that view reminds me never to take for granted that this is my home. CP

Casey’s New York

From L to R; First Row; by Chloe; Hibiscus doughnut at Dough; Dirty martini; Second row; Tenoverten nail salon; Tiny's; andy Warhol;

From L to R: First Row: by CHLOE cookie; Sant Ambroeus; Hibiscus doughnut from Dough; Dirty martini at Uncle Boons; Second Row: Tenoverten SoHo; Tiny’s & The Bar Upstairs; Andy Warhol; Pastries and coffee from Almondine.

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