5 Things You Didn’t Know About Washington Heights

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MTV’s new reality series “Washington Heights” premiered earlier this week. It follows nine friends as they further their personal and professional lives in…wait…where exactly is Washington Heights?!  Here are a few facts about the place that is neither home to Mr. President nor the Space Needle!

155: Washington Heights is in the Manhattan borough (like a mini town within a town). It goes from 155th Street to Dykman Street, and spans Manhattan from the Hudson to the Harlem River. In NY speak, we call that “waaaay uptown.”

2194: The number of trees in Washington Heights. You country folk may be unimpressed, but in a concrete jungle, having even one tree is kind of a big deal. I once met a guy with a patch of grass in front of his apartment. Totally made out with him. There are gold diggers and then there are green diggers, my friend.

1: One prominent historical figure was named after Audubon Ave. a popular street in Washington Heights and the nickname of the main narrator on the show. Yep, bird lover and artist John James Audubon is a legend — he discovered 25 new bird species!

82: The population of Washington Heights is 82% Hispanic. It is the epicenter of Dominican culture in the U.S.

9: The number of cast members on MTV’s new series “Washington Heights.” A singer, a poet, a fashion designer a baseball player, the list goes on. Catch the cast (and the drama) every Wednesday at 10/9c. Until then, check out the first episode below!

+ Watch episode 1 of “Washington Heights.”

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Meet The Cast!

Meet The Cast!

Meet the 9 member cast of Washington Heights

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