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," host Jim Vrettos sits down with Jarvis Tyner of the Communist Party USA to discuss the the possible benefits of this political system.
The weekend is almost here and we have an inspiring lineup of Sunday programming for you on MNN!
As Dominican Heritage Month comes to a close, tune in this Sunday for a panel discussion with Dominican York artists, Scherezade and Iliana Emilia Garcia. 8pm on MNN1.
This Sunday on The Radical Imagination, Jim Vrettos sits down with special guests to discuss the war on drugs and justice for farmworkers.
The Art of Justice: Articulating an Ethos and Aesthetic of the Movement explores art's role in social justice movements of the past and present. Watch the series premiere on Wednesday, February 17 at 10pm.


Latest Firehouse Videos

America has been a capitalist country for ages, but not everyone believes this system is what’s best for the majority. On this episode of “The Radical Imagination,” the show ends it’s one year anniversary celebrations by bringing back past guest, Professor Richard Wolff. On this episode, the pair will discuss the flaws of capitalism and reflect on what needs to be done to...


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

Come join us for the MNN El Barrio Firehouse Film Club, every first Friday of the month at 6:30PM. This month's screening is Yuri Kochiyama : Passion for Justice. MNN El Barrio Community Media Firehouse is located at 175 East 104 street, bewteen Lexington and Third avenues. RSVP here
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.