MTV’s new Laguna Beach will be in Brooklyn

by Carmen Van Kerckhove

mtvJust read on Gawker about a pilot MTV is working on, based in my part of the city:

MTV’s newest soon-to-be hit show is Brooklyn. The premise is to paint an accurate picture for America of what life is like for the average Brooklyn high school student. Brooklyn, New York is made up of the Caribbean Americans of Flatbush, the Hasidic Jews of Crown Heights, the hipsters of Williamsburg and the peacenik families of Park Slope. The infamous Fort Greene projects, artsy DUMBO, upscale Brooklyn Heights and the soon-to-be arriving NBA Brooklyn Nets.

They’ve picked H.S. 430 Brooklyn Technical High School, better known as Brooklyn Tech, as the site because “With a student body of 4,000, BTHS represents the many faces of teenagers in Brooklyn. Rich, poor, Asian, Black, White, Hispanic and everyone in between come here to learn. ”

How much do you bet the show will revolve around a group of white kids, with occasional appearances from a token black friend? Even though the school is 49% Asian?

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