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

Even as the fourth largest Asian American group in New York, Filipino-Americans are underrepresented in NYC and the tri-state area’s media coverage. Makilala TV, the first Filipino-American talk show, is setting out to change that. Tune in for the MNN debut on Friday, October 23.
MNN is a place of learning, creating and collaborating, and our fall events offer something for everyone!
On August 13, MNN's Summer Youth Program will hold a graduation ceremony for over 20 students who have spent the summer getting hands-on training in media creation and analysis.
Watch Firehouse TV on Thursday and Sunday for coverage of the 2015 Left Forum!
Starting Monday, July 5, 2015 the Firehouse will be open Monday through Friday, 9:00am-9:00pm, and will resume its regular Tuesday through Saturday schedule following Labor Day (Monday, September 7).


Firehouse Hours

Tuesday - Friday: 9am-9pm
Saturday: 10am-6pm

Community Events

Dec 1, 2015 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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Dec 2, 2015 6:00 PM
Esta sesión informativa es una oportunidad para aprender sobre MNN El Barrio Firehouse, su misión y programas. Se describirá los entrenamientos que se ofrecen, los requisitos de elegibilidad y el proceso de inscripción.
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Firehouse Film Club

Dec 5, 2015 2:00 PM
A documentary that chronicles the slaughter of Iguala of September 26th and 27th 2014, in which 43 students of the Ayotzinapa school were disappeared in an action that involves the police forces, drug traffickers and the military
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Sep 15, 2015 6:30 PM
MNN El Barrio Firehouse is pleased to present the screening of two short films from the organization Movement for Justice in El Barrio, a grassroots, immigrant-led organization that fights against gentrification and displacement in East Harlem.
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