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.

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Firehouse News

As police-community relations continue to worsen, the public demand for reform is only getting louder. This Sunday on MNN, tune in for programming that addresses some of the criminal justice system’s most pressing issues.
This Sunday on "The Radical Imagination," Jim Vrettos chats with lawyer Martin Stolar about the broken criminal justice system and some of the tragic cases our city and nation have faced over the years.
This Sunday on MNN, tune in to programming about immigration and economic development in New York City, the issue of dark money in academia and fair access to education for those formerly involved in the criminal justice system.
This Sunday on "The Radical Imagination," Jim Vrettos chats with his wife and licensed psychotherapist, Beatty Cohan-Vrettos, about how our society can develop healthier and more loving relationships in a world that is full of fear and hurt.
This Sunday on MNN, watch programming focused on building a more accepting society in the face of violence and stigma.


Latest Firehouse Videos

In January of this year, an NYPD officer of color filed a lawsuit against the city and NYPD officials for allowing an illegal quota system and pressuring officers to target black men. Eleven other officers have since joined the case and they’re now fighting to put an end to racial profiling and discriminatory policing. On this episode of “The Radical Imagination,” host Jim...
It’s no secret that America’s criminal justice system is broken. Nearly everyday a new story surfaces about someone who was wrongfully convicted, abused or treated unfairly. It’s a vicious cycle. On this episode of “The Radical Imagination,” host Jim Vrettos of John Jay College of Criminal Justice talks with lawyer Martin Stolar about the many tragic criminal justice...


Firehouse Hours

Monday - Friday: 9am-9pm
Please note these are the El Barrio Firehouse Summer Hours (through Labor Day).

Firehouse Events

Sep 9, 2016 6:30 PM
Film Screening of Michael Moore's latest film, "Where to Invade Next"
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Jul 15, 2016 6:30 PM
Join us for the screening of "The Borinqueneers", the untold story of the only all-Hispanic unit in US Army history.
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Firehouse Classes

Aug 2, 2016 6:00 PM
After attending Orientation, Manhattan residents and non-profit community organizations are able to enroll in MNN’s free media education courses for both adults and youths.
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Aug 3, 2016 6:00 PM
Esta sesión informativa es una oportunidad para aprender sobre MNN El Barrio Firehouse, su misión y programas. Se describirá los entrenamientos que se ofrecen, los requisitos de elegibilidad y el proceso de inscripción.
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