MNN 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 Youth Channel programs air Monday-Friday on MNN4, between 6:00 pm and 7:00 pm.

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Firehouse News

MNN’s state-of-the-art Upper Manhattan production facility, the MNN El Barrio Firehouse Community Media Center, will open on Saturday’s starting next week. The change in operating hours at the East Harlem site, effective September 29, represents MNN’s commitment to providing local residents with access to media education, production facilities, and community events on a schedule that best suits the largely residential neighborhood.
“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.


Latest Firehouse Videos

How can we create a more just, economic world? On this episode of “The Radical Imagination,” host Jim Vrettos of J ohn Jay College of Criminal Justice talks with Professor Randall Wray about the science of economics and what a U.S. economy will look like under the administration of Stein, Clinton, Trump or Johnson. Randall Wray is a professor...
What does it mean to be a radical, spiritual progressive? On this episode of “The Radical Imagination,” host Jim Vrettos of John Jay College of Criminal Justice and Reverend Stephen Phelps discuss this question and explain how spiritual progressives are responding to the 2016 presidential election. Reverend Stephen Phelps is the former interim senior minister at Riverside Church. Now...


Firehouse Hours

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

Edit suites 
Monday - Friday: 12pm-9:30pm 

Monday - Friday: 12pm-9:30pm


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