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

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.
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.


Latest Firehouse Videos

Last week the New York Times published an anti-fascist ad signed by several notable public figures (including Cornel West, Debra Messing, and Rosie O’Donnell) who believe fascism is a serious threat to America and naturally it gained a sigficant amount of attention. On this episode of "The Radical Imagination" host Jim Vrettos welcomes Dr...
If relationships and sexuality are a natural part of life, then why do so many people shy away from talking about these topics? On this episode of “The Radical Imagination,” host Jim Vrettos talks with psychotherapist Beatty Cohan-Vrettos and writer and activist Felipe Luciano about the social and emotional factors that that contribute to the health of our relationships and the way we...


Firehouse Hours

Field Pickup and Return 
Tuesday - Friday: 12pm-8pm

Edit suites 
Monday - Friday: 12pm-10pm 
Saturday 10am-6pm

Monday - Friday: 12pm-10pm
Saturday: 10am-6pm

Firehouse Events

Join us for the screening of "Reflections Unheard: Black Women in Civil Rights," the first film of its kind to focus exclusively on black women's contributions and experiences during the Civil Rights era.
Join us for an important Film Club screening of "The Throwaways" on 2/6 at the Firehouse. The award-winning documentary is a call to action for the rising national movement protesting the wave of police brutality against young black men in America.


Firehouse Classes

There are no upcoming events.