Founded in 1992, Manhattan Neighborhood Network (MNN) is Manhattan’s free, public access cable network. We operate two media production and education facilities in Manhattan and run four cablecast channels (Community, Lifestyle, Spirit, and Culture), reaching 620,000 cable subscribers in the borough.
MNN offers free training in video production, editing, and broadcasting to Manhattan residents who wish to become Certified Producers with MNN.
We actively strive to empower Manhattan residents to exercise their First Amendment rights in an open, uncensored, and equitable forum.
MNN is responsible for administering the public access cable TV services in Manhattan. Our purpose is to ensure the ability of Manhattan residents to exercise their First Amendment rights through moving image media to create opportunities for communication, education, artistic expression and other non-commercial uses of video facilities on an open and equitable basis.
In providing services, we seek to involve the diverse racial, ethnic and geographic communities of Manhattan in the electronic communication of their varied interest, needs, concerns and identities.
In 2007, MNN committed to expand its community media services and identified the East 104th Street Firehouse as a potential site for this purpose. After conducting an extensive architectural, engineering and environmental assessment of the Firehouse, MNN decided to purchase it. The historic building constructed in 1883 achieved landmark status, and MNN began a total renovation.
1 Community Channel
Stay up-to-date on local elections, New York politics, and community issues with our Community channel.
2 Lifestyle Channel
Exercise your mind, body, and palate with entertainment and lifestyle programming for New Yorkers with interests as diverse as our city.
3 Spirit Channel
Our Spirit channel broadcasts varied religious and philosophical services, lectures, and discussions for all faiths and worldviews.
4 Culture Channel
Multi-lingual programming that covers the arts, politics, and global news for all of Manhattan’s diverse communities.