El Barrio Firehouse Community Media Center

In 2012, MNN opened a state-of-the-art community media center at the old Engine Co. 53 Firehouse on East 104th Street in East Harlem. The facility features three HD production studios, including a three-camera studio, as well as editing services and a Youth Media Center. The Firehouse offers many Community Events, and Media Education workshops.


On the first Tuesday of each month at 6:00 pm (with a session in Spanish offered at 4:30 pm each month), The Firehouse hosts an Orienatation, offering those interested an opportunity to learn more about the classes, including our classes offered in Spanish, and the certification process. Sign up for the next Orientation here.

The Firehouse on MNN

The MNN El Barrio Firehouse broadcasts its programs on Sundays at 8:00 pm on MNN1 and Thursdays at 8:00 pm on MNN4. They feature artists, writers, poets, and filmmakers, community and social justice activists, and neighborhood residents engaged in advancing human liberation, culture, and politics for the benefit of the community. Programs are streamed on MNN.org. MNN Youth Channel programs air Monday-Friday on MNN4, between 6:00 pm and 7:00 pm.

Map to Firehouse

Firehouse News

MNN is a place of learning, creating and collaborating, and our fall events offer something for everyone!
On August 13, MNN's Summer Youth Program will hold a graduation ceremony for over 20 students who have spent the summer getting hands-on training in media creation and analysis.
Watch Firehouse TV on Thursday and Sunday for coverage of the 2015 Left Forum!
Starting Monday, July 5, 2015 the Firehouse will be open Monday through Friday, 9:00am-9:00pm, and will resume its regular Tuesday through Saturday schedule following Labor Day (Monday, September 7).
MNN's Youth Media Center wants young artists of color to talk about their work as part of our #ArtTalk series!


Firehouse Hours

Tuesday - Friday: 9am-9pm
Saturday: 10am-6pm

Community Events

Oct 13, 2015 5:30 PM
This hands-on course teaches students principles of television production, including how to communicate your message or story, how to effectively work with a team of crewmembers and how to operate state-of-the-art studio and control room equipment.
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Oct 14, 2015 11:00 AM
Este curso práctico enseñara a los estudiantes los principios de producción de televisión, incluyendo cómo comunicar su mensaje o historia, cómo trabajar eficazmente con los miembros de equipo y la forma de operar y controlar de equipos de estudio modernos.
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Firehouse Film Club

Oct 2, 2015 6:30 PM
This documentary discusses cultural resistance and the recognitions of the collective memory of Venezuela's black communities, who are descendants of cimarrones, or runaway slaves.
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Sep 15, 2015 6:30 PM
MNN El Barrio Firehouse is pleased to present the screening of two short films from the organization Movement for Justice in El Barrio, a grassroots, immigrant-led organization that fights against gentrification and displacement in East Harlem.
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