Sort of Update: MTV’s “Real World: Brooklyn”

In May, I reported on MTV’s decision to place its 21st season of Real World in Brooklyn. However, the location was not known at that point, which led to a educated guessing name. I guessed Bed-Stuy.

And I guessed wrong.

Apparently, it will be shot in Brooklyn Heights. Although the changes are spreading east, there’s a particular socioeconomic divide in Brooklyn Heights, the marking point being Adams Street. To the west, you have the more affluent and the homeowners. To the east, you have, well, the opposite:

Not near downtown, like Brooklyn Heights, but downtown-downtown, hard by the state and federal courthouses, the city’s emergency-response command center and the rows of barber shops, check-cashing services, fast-food joints and vendors selling counterfeit DVDs, religious statues and floor soaps that promise to remove jinxes.

LOL, it’s just these moments where I wish that they could just say it: it’s going to be filmed around people of color.

The guessed location, BellTel Lofts, is excited over the prospects of having it filmed on its locations (like, really excited):

“It’s a chance to market the kind of MTV lifestyle to people who want to live like this,” said Ronn Torossian, a spokesman for the building. “People have a chance to live an MTV lifestyle. People who buy apartments in the building.” The 27-story building has apartments ranging in size from studios to three bedrooms, selling for $500,000 to $2 million, Mr. Torossian said. He said the show would help the neighborhood. “We think this building will continue to gentrify Brooklyn, and certainly having MTV there will only accelerate that. We expect that it will increase property values.”

Yeah, he said it, gentrify. Well, at least he’s honest.


~ by Luci-Kali on July 13, 2008.

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