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

Sunday Night on MNN: Counting Down to Election Day The debates are over and the countdown to Election Day is officially on. This Sunday on MNN, take a break from the mainstream chatter and tune in for a New York perspective on the upcoming presidential election and the impacts it will have on our city. First on Represent NYC, NYC influencers take on the final presidential debate. Then see a...
This Sunday, tune in to programming that looks at the current state of our nation, the presidential candidates’ strategies moving forward and ways we can improve as a society.
This Sunday on MNN, tune in to programs that look toward the future and imagine what life will look like with new leadership on both the New York State and national levels.
This October, the MNN El Barrio Firehouse Community Media Center is hosting three special events to honor different cultures and highlight important societal issues through film, art and discussion. Check out our upcoming events and RSVP today!
It’s no secret that the U.S. criminal justice system is flawed and this Sunday on MNN, watch programming that analyzes some of the most pressing issues.


Firehouse Hours

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

Firehouse Events

Nov 4, 2016 6:30 PM
PROFILED, a film by Kathleen Foster knits the stories of mothers of Black and Latin youth murdered by the NYPD into a powerful indictment of racial profiling and police brutality and places them within a historical context of the roots of racism within the U.S.
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Oct 26, 2016 6:00 PM
Miracle Workers, a portrait series of Domestic Violence survivors by Jose Pagan.
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Firehouse Classes

Nov 1, 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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Nov 2, 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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