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

This Sunday on "The Radical Imagination," host Jim Vrettos chats with Rabbi Michael Lerner about the Israel/Palestine conflict and ideas for how to resolve it once and for all.
This Sunday on "The Radical Imagination," Peter Bratsis and Michael Pelias talk with Kristin Lawler about her books, the Left Forum and the concept of capital abandonment.
Tune in this Wednesday for two must-see programs on MNN! The first features coverage of the Sports Emmy Awards and the second is a women's panel on issues surrounding the 2016 presidential election.
This Sunday on MNN, check out our lineup of programming featuring local leaders who have big ideas for the future of the city and our country.
This Sunday on MNN, tune in for a four hour block of political programming, covering issues on the local, state and federal levels.


Latest Firehouse Videos

From the closing of the General Motors plant in Detroit to the devastation caused by Hurricane Katrina, disaster has destroyed cities time and time again. The government is supposed to step in and rebuild, but what happens when they don’t deliver on their promises? On this episode of "The Radical Imagination," co-hosts Michael Pelias of...
With all of the propaganda surrounding the 2016 presidential election, major issues are getting lost in the shuffle and certain groups are being denied their basic human rights as a result. On this second installment of the “Feminist Global Advocacy" panel, four esteemed women come together to analyze the way human rights issues are being discussed (or not discussed) by the candidates...


Firehouse Hours

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

Firehouse Events

Jun 10, 2016 6:00 PM
MNN El Barrio Firehouse is pleased to Kick-off a two-year exhibition tour of artwork by the group: “7 Mujeres en Movimiento / 7 Women in Movement”
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Jun 3, 2016 6:30 PM
MNN El Barrio Firehouse presents Roberto Clemente, Documentary film about the exceptional baseball player and humanitarian whose career sheds light on issues of civil rights and racism. Film by Bernardo Ruiz (2008. 60 min.)
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Firehouse Classes

Jun 7, 2016 11:00 AM
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 crew members and how to operate state-of-the-art studio and control room equipment.
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Jun 7, 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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