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 on MNN, tune in to programming featuring guests who share their final thoughts on issues discussed during this presidential race, the impact our new president will have on the American people and what this election means for the entire world.
This Sunday on MNN, we're bringing you interviews with people right here in New York City who are thinking big and making an impact.
Sunday Night on MNN: Counting Down to Election Day The debates are over and the countdown to Election Day is officially on. This Sunday on MNN, take a break from the mainstream chatter and tune in for a New York perspective on the upcoming presidential election and the impacts it will have on our city. First on Represent NYC, NYC influencers take on the final presidential debate. Then see a...
This Sunday, tune in to programming that looks at the current state of our nation, the presidential candidates’ strategies moving forward and ways we can improve as a society.
This Sunday on MNN, tune in to programs that look toward the future and imagine what life will look like with new leadership on both the New York State and national levels.


Latest Firehouse Videos

What do Oprah, Arianna Huffington and J.K. Rowling have in common? They're all female entrepreneurs who have built their own massive business empires. We caught up with five local female entrepreneurs who share the struggles and successes of starting and running their own businesses on the Women's Entrepreneurial Forum. Panelists include: Aurora Flores – Aurora Communications Nina...
Throughout the years, America’s relationship with Cuba has been rocky and towards the end of Obama’s last term he attempted to strengthen ties. There’s no telling what the Trump administration will do next in regards to this relationship, but “The Radical Imagination” host Jim Vrettos and his latest guests have some ideas. Tune in as Jim talks with Gail Walker,...


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

The story of a tight-knit community in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Its residents regroup and rebuild quickly, only to find themselves threatened by a new toxic landfill slated to open just two miles away.
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.


Firehouse Classes

Aug 23, 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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Sep 5, 2017 6:00 PM
After attending Orientation, Manhattan residents and non-profit community organizations are able to enroll in MNN’s free media education courses for both adults and youths.
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