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 "The Radical Imagination," leading 1960's political activist, Todd Gitlin, returns to critique the Students for a Democratic Society and discuss the organization's relevance today.
This winter, escape the cold and join us at one of our free events at the 59th Street Facility or the MNN El Barrio Firehouse Community Media Center.
Food for Thought is an original series premiering on the youth channel on Wednesday, February 3 at 6 pm. Tune in for a special interview about voting with NYC Council District 10 Chief of Staff, Carmen De La Rosa.
This Sunday on "The Radical Imagination," Reverend Dr. Liz Theoharis and Willie Baptist of the Kairos Center share strategies for building a new Poor People's Campaign and eliminating poverty.
This Sunday, on a new episode of "The Radical Imagination" guests Gina Belafonte and Immortal Technique discuss the role of the artist/activist in bringing about radical progressive change.


Latest Firehouse Videos

The upcoming election brings up a wide variety of feelings among voters as we all have different visions for what the country should look like. On this episode of “The Radical Imagination,” co-hosts Jim Vrettos Michael Pelias talk about the future of the country, the work of Stanley Aronowitz and the New Left. Plus, take a look back at some clips from the first few episodes of “...


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

Join us on Friday, September 7th for the first meeting of the Firehouse's new Film Club! We will be screening "James Baldwin: The Price of the Ticket" in our main studio. This documentary tells James Baldwin's story in his own words. Using interviews from many of Baldwin's close friends, colleagues, and critics, Karen Thorsen has created a beautiful portrait.


Firehouse Classes

There are no upcoming events.