Van and Casey Neistat

Van and Casey Neistat

Casey Owen Neistat was born on March 25, 1981 at Lawrence Memorial Hospital in New London Connecticut. Casey was the third child in a family with four children. Raised in Gales Ferry Village, sharing a bedroom with his younger brother Dean, Casey suffered from nocturnal enuresis until the age of 8. Attending Gales Ferry Elementary School Casey maintained a solid 2.5 grade point average. In the fifth grade, at the age of 10, Casey was not invited on the class field trip to the Boston Museum of Science and instead stayed behind and watched movies with students from the third grade, his teacher Mrs. Plotnick stated behavioral concerns as the reason for his being left behind. In the seventh grade at Ledyard Middle School Casey was on the Cross Country team and once finished 9th over all in the 2.2 kilometer race, a personal best. After attending Woodward skateboard camp in Woodward Pennsylvania for the month of July Casey entered Ledyard High School. 1995 was a fairly quiet year academically for Casey, with his extracurricular time spent leading the Seals Lacrosse team to a 6 and 3 season. Casey received 11 detentions his freshman year. The summer of 1995 Casey was introduced to marijuana. Realizing the great lucrative potential of the substance he quickly set up a retail infrastructure that dominated the Ledyard High School market. In January of 1997 Casey was arrested for providing alcohol to a minor, after a failed plea of innocence, citing it's impossible to arrest a minor for providing alcohol to another minor, as stated in Connecticut law, Casey was sentenced to 20 hours of community service. The sentence was served out buffing floors at the Our Lady of Lourdes Church, which also served as an excellent front for Casey's then flourishing drug trade. On March 26th, 1997 Casey moved out of his parent's house and into an apartment with his girlfriend, and a few months later the two moved Williamsburg Virginia so Casey could be closer to his brother Van. Van became Casey's legal guardian to meet the necessary guidelines to enroll Casey legally in Jamestown High School. Casey, no longer selling marijuana, got a job washing dishes at Paul's Deli and Bar where he juggled an arduous work/school schedule maintaining his first 4.0 grade point average. In December Casey and his girlfriend moved back to New London Connecticut to have a baby. After two and a half years Casey left High School Indefinitely. On April 14, 1998 Owen Harris Neistat was born at Lawrence Memorial Hospital. The next three years were spent working as a cook and dishwasher in Mystic Connecticut, making four hundred and fifty dollars a week. In June of 2001 Casey moved to New York City to pursue a career in film with brother Van.

Casey currently lives in downtown Manhattan and maintains an apartment in New London Connecticut where his son, Owen, attends the Integrated Day Charter School, an alternative school with a curriculum heavily based on the arts.


Van Neistat was born Van Paul Moody in Augusta Maine on March 22, 1975. When Van was two, his mother Amy committed his biological father to a mental institution, and then moved to Norwich, CT. The pair then moved across the Thames River to New London, where Van's mother worked as a waitress at Poor Richard's restaurant. There, she met and married Barry Neistat who eventually adopted Van. The new family moved to the hamlet of Gales Ferry, 8 miles upriver from New London. After a brief stint at Eduwema Preschool, Van attended the Gales Ferry Community Center Nursery School at the end of his street, and then attended Gales Ferry School, a public elementary school across the street from the community center. During his elementary school years, his sister Jordan and brothers Casey and Dean were born respectively. In fifth grade, Van, along with two accomplices, was nabbed for breaking into Gales Ferry School, and robbing the Coke machine in the Teacher's lounge. The

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