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

Budgets, bills and bans...oh my! Take a break from the 24 hour news cycle and settle in with MNN this Sunday for programming that will stimulate your mind and keep you informed.
According to the Centers for Disease Control, 1.2 million people in the United States are living with HIV, but 1 in 8 don’t even know it. Tune in to NBLCA's Health Action TV this Sunday to learn more about testing, treatment and talking with your partner about it.
This Sunday on MNN, tune in to programs featuring New Yorkers who are fighting for those who have been marginalized and working hard to ensure they receive the rights they deserve.
While certain Cabinet picks are resigning and the FBI is investigating Russia’s involvement in the election of Trump, the public is being kept in the dark and demanding answers. This Sunday on MNN, tune in to programming that aims to shed light on the government’s actions on both the local and federal levels.
It’s the first day of March, which means it’s officially Women’s History Month! To celebrate, MNN’s El Barrio Firehouse Community Media Center is hosting two special events. Learn more and RSVP.


Latest Firehouse Videos

New Yorkers will be heading to the polls once again this November for the mayoral election, but who will be on the ballot beside incumbent Bill DeBlasio? This Sunday on “The Radical Imagination,” host Jim Vrettos talks with Bob Gangi, director of the Police Reform Organizing Project (PROP) about his decision to run for mayor...


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

Apr 28, 2017 5:30 PM
Vamos a explorar juntos cómo ejecutar sus ideas para realizar su programa de televisión. Esta es su oportunidad de establecer nuevos contactos y conexiones con nuevos y experimentados productores de Manhattan Neighborhood Network. Invitados e invitadas especiales: **Jacky Lizardo - La Riqueza Infinita con Jacky Harmony **Carlos Cabrera - Punto de Vista **Aracelis Carvajal - Periodista **Quilbio...
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Apr 7, 2017 6:30 PM
Puerto Rican-American rapper Hamza Pérez pulled himself out of street life more than a decade ago and became a Muslim. Now he must confront the realities of the post-9/11 world. "This film gives audiences an insider’s view of a little-known cultural fusion between Muslims and street beats that has been developing since the very beginnings of hip-hop culture. The result is a surprising challenge to stereotypes of both Muslims and urban youth in America that encourages viewers to look critically at the 'clash of civilizations' between Islam and the West." POV
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Firehouse Classes

May 9, 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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May 9, 2017 6:30 PM
This hands-on course will explore the phases of production, scriptwriting, portable HD camera operation, composition, field audio and lighting basics.
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