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

“When you produce…you’re in charge of curating a culture or genre to the world.”
Youth Celebrate Their Production Certification and Screen Their Work By Karina Hurtado-Ocampo, Manager of Youth Programs and Outreach
MNN’s El Barrio Firehouse Community Media Center on Friday hosted the Alliance for Community Media’s Youth Media Summit , a symposium on education, policy, funding and community initiatives supporting digital and news literacy in America’s youth.
We’re proud to announce that MNN producers won Hometown Media Awards in four categories this year! The winners will be recognized tonight at a gala in San Francisco.
Recently we've been highlighting some of the quality community programming coming out of MNN's El Barrio Firehouse Community Media Center. Monday's Clip of the Week featured a recent roundtable of women media activists, and last week we featured powerful readings by local poets.


Latest Firehouse Videos

A study of those seeking higher education at the State University of New York revealed that nearly two-thirds of individuals with a felony criminal offense record stopped the application after being asked about criminal justice involvement. On this episode of The Fortune Society's "Both Sides of the Bars;...


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 Classes

There are no upcoming events.