Mtv’s moving [way] on up to “washington heights” [trailer]

Times Square. Wall Street. The Village. Some New York City neighbourhoods are international landmarks, but the island stretches far beyond Ross and Rachel’s cozy Central Perk hangout. Keep heading north on the city’s west side, and you’ll eventually hit Washington Heights, Manhattan’s highest point. It was host to The Battle of Fort Washington in the thick of The Revolutionary War, but now it’ll see a different fight, as its young natives strive to hit the big time in MTV’s newest reality show.

In the trailer below, you’ll meet a group of born-and-bred New Yorkers trying to make it while still honouring their parents’ struggle and cultural origins. Some goals are as simple as passing the GED, others are as lofty as seeing a pro baseball’s starting roster. At the end of the day, though–when the weather’s nice and there’s squatting space on a nearby rooftop–nothing is more important than kickin’ it with old friends. Finally landing that first fashion show? That’s just icing on the cake.

Check out the video, and be sure to tune in to “Washington Heights” when it premieres Wednesday, January 9 at 10:00pm et/pt on MTV!