NEW YORK – February 24, 2012 – Oxygen takes viewers to the close-knit Brooklyn community of Bay Ridge, and the adjacent neighborhoods of Coney Island, Brighton Beach, Bensonhurst and Gravesend (where two of the women live), in Oxygen’s newest docu-series “Brooklyn 11223,” premiering on Monday, March 26 at 11PM ET/PT. The series provides a voyeuristic look into the lives of a group of twentysomething friends whose once rock-solid friendships have been torn apart by betrayal. The borough of Brooklyn provides a scenic and energetic backdrop to an authentic story of friendship, love and family.
“The inspiration for this show came from a Broadway revival of West Side Story,” said executive producer and president of Ish Entertainment Michael Hirschorn. “I was interested in learning what that story might look like today. We ended up finding this amazing crew of young women who live in and around Gravesend and Bay Ridge, who were working through some very universal issues of loyalty, friendship, and identity.” He added, “What will hopefully surprise viewers is the depth and complexity to these men and women–and the life issues they’ve had to deal with at such a young age–that starts to emerge from underneath that trademark Brooklyn attitude.”
Much of the activity takes place in the diverse and increasingly affluent, but still traditional, community of Bay Ridge, a destination for many young people in that part of Brooklyn due to its vibrant collection of shops, restaurants, and bars. It is the place where the kids hang out, unwind and where one of the cast members works. While Bay Ridge was made famous by the 1977 movie “Saturday Night Fever,” the community has come a long way since the days of Tony Manero. With strong community roots, Bay Ridge is a destination for many from near and far. But all of these neighborhoods have common themes; it’s the bonds of loyalty, respect and family.
Vividly shot in a lush documentary style that showcases the urban streetscapes of Brooklyn, “Brooklyn 11223” reveals a story featuring two former best friends, one of whom might have betrayed the bonds of friendship by seducing the other’s boyfriend.
“Brooklyn 11223” is produced by Ish Entertainment with Michael Hirschorn, Wendy Roth, Ethan Goldman and Lenid Rolov serving as executive producers.
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