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

It’s been just over a month since our new president took office and the protests continue around the nation. This Sunday on MNN, watch programming that analyzes Trump’s first month on the job and speculates what we can expect moving forward.
This Sunday on MNN, watch programming that features New Yorkers who are joining the fight to make America a safe haven for everyone.
Tune in to MNN this Sunday night for programming that's all about New Yorkers who are ready to take a stand in their communities.
This Sunday on MNN, we have a very special lineup of programming that offers a local perspective on some of the key issues at hand including immigration, refugees, widespread violence and more.
It’s been a chaotic week for Americans as we watched our new president take office and get started on his agenda. This Sunday, take a break from mainstream political news and tune in to MNN for programming that features local voices who are dedicated to supporting the prosperity of our city and its people.


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

Mar 18, 2017 2:00 PM
Join us to celebrate Women's History Month with a new art exhibit that seeks to continue the discussions on natural hair as a reflection of natural beauty, self-pride and magnificence.
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Mar 15, 2017 6:00 PM
MNN El Barrio Firehouse and Hope Community, Inc. invite you to the 6th Annual Discussion About Women in Enterprise. This event will be moderated by Aurora Flores, President of Aurora Communications. Panelists will include Maria Dominguez, Artist/Owner & Operator of Arte Dominguez; Nina Saxon, Owner/Operator of The Nina Saxon Project; Nancy Lepre, President/Principal of Avante Contracting Corporation; and Taina Traverso, Founder/CEO of Taina's Touch Arts Enterprise.
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Firehouse Classes

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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May 10, 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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