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

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.
In honor of Women’s History Month, today’s Clip of the Week features a panel discussion on minority women in the media, hosted by MNN’s El Barrio Firehouse Community Media Center.
New York City has a real estate speculation problem, not a homeless problem, community activists told a packed Town Hall meeting at the MNN El Barrio Firehouse Community Media Center this week. Some 40 homeless advocates, affordable housing activists and community organizers participated in the March 6 event, which included powerful and moving testimonies from homeless people themselves and an informative panel discussion among several housing experts.
Today’s Clip of the Week highlights two things that are dear to our hearts here at MNN: Local talent and the awesome cultural programming that comes out of our El Barrio Firehouse Community Media Center .
MNN exists to give voice to the people, and now the network is set to make freedom-of-speech history. Tomorrow MNN’s El Barrio Firehouse Community Media Center will host the first-ever televised forum for candidates in the running to represent the United States and Canada in Ecuador’s National Assembly, the country’s legislative branch.


Latest Firehouse Videos

When veterans are incarcerated, it’s usually because they have a history of trauma, not violence or unlawful activity. However, they get placed in the system anyway. On this episode of The Fortune Society's "Both Sides of the Bars;" host Ronald Day sits down with Sarah Harris and Len McRae to discuss the negative consequences of placing veterans in jail and what needs to be...
For decades, Israel and Palestine have been at war and the United States has been involved for a majority of that time. When will there be peace? On this episode of “The Radical Imagination,” host Jim Vrettos of John Jay College of Criminal Justice chats with Rabbi Michael Lerner via Skype about the greedy and egocentric attitudes that are...


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

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