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

This Sunday, ring in the new year with MNN as we take a look at some key issues our city will face in 2017 and offer ideas about how you can make positive changes in your life as we move into the new year.
2016 has been a difficult year for many and there is still work to be done to fix what is broken in New York City and beyond. This Sunday on MNN, get educated with programming about some of the pressing issues our city and nation will be faced with in the coming year.
This Sunday on MNN, tune in to programming featuring people who aim to make changes that will improve the lives of many in New York City.
This Sunday, watch three activists discuss the importance of banding together as a country to create a more just world where everyone can thrive.
This Sunday on MNN, we’re narrowing the scope to show you New Yorkers who are diligently working to fix broken systems right here in the city and assisting those who have been negatively impacted by them.


Latest Firehouse Videos

America’s criminal justice system has been corrupt for decades and many are worried that the Trump administration will only cause more damage. On this episode of The Fortune Society’s “Both Sides of the Bars,” host Ronald Day talks with Dr. Gary Mendez, executive director and founder of the National Trust for the Development of African American Men, and Ronald “...
While the problems we face today are not new, our leaders’ response to them has caused many Americans to protest louder than ever before. On this episode of “The Radical Imagination,” host Jim Vrettos talks with Lynne Echenberg, director of strategic initiatives at Good Shepherd Services, about Lyndon B. Johnson’s “The Great Society” and how it differs from...


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

Jan 6, 2017 6:30 PM
Join us at MNN El Barrio Firehouse for the screening of award-winning film Every Child is Born a Poet: the Life and Works of Piri Thomas, by Jonathan Robinson.
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Sep 15, 2015 6:30 PM
MNN El Barrio Firehouse is pleased to present the screening of two short films from the organization Movement for Justice in El Barrio, a grassroots, immigrant-led organization that fights against gentrification and displacement in East Harlem.
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Firehouse Classes

May 31, 2017 6:30 PM
In this course, students will learn basic editing techniques to produce engaging, high-quality media. Using professional digital editing software, this course will explore navigating the interface, importing and exporting footage, trimming, audio editing and applying basic transitions, titles and effects.
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Jun 6, 2017 11:00 AM
This hands-on course teaches students principles of television production, including how to communicate your message or story, how to effectively work with a team of crew members and how to operate state-of-the-art studio and control room equipment.
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