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, tune in for a night of election-focused programming featuring voices and opinions you may not hear on mainstream news broadcasts.
This Sunday, watch MNN programming for glimpse into the future of our borough and the nation at large.
This Sunday, tune in to MNN programming featuring two people who are determined to break the cycle of hate and suffering in order to make a real impact on the lives of others.
This Sunday, tune in to MNN programming for an analysis of the U.S. criminal justice system and the 2016 election.
This Sunday, tune in to MNN programming featuring leaders and activists in New York City who are already doing their part to make meaningful change.


Latest Firehouse Videos

What does it mean to be a radical, spiritual progressive? On this episode of “The Radical Imagination,” host Jim Vrettos of John Jay College of Criminal Justice and Reverend Stephen Phelps discuss this question and explain how spiritual progressives are responding to the 2016 presidential election. Reverend Stephen Phelps is the former interim senior minister at Riverside Church. Now...


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 30, 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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Sep 6, 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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