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, watch three activists discuss the importance of banding together as a country to create a more just world where everyone can thrive.
This Sunday on MNN, we’re narrowing the scope to show you New Yorkers who are diligently working to fix broken systems right here in the city and assisting those who have been negatively impacted by them.
It’s been an important week for America as a months long race finally came to an end with the election of a new president. This Sunday on MNN, we’re shifting the focus back to Manhattan as we look at local citizens who are dedicated to making a difference in their communities.
This Sunday on MNN, tune in to programming featuring guests who share their final thoughts on issues discussed during this presidential race, the impact our new president will have on the American people and what this election means for the entire world.
This Sunday on MNN, we're bringing you interviews with people right here in New York City who are thinking big and making an impact.


Firehouse Hours

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

Firehouse Events

Dec 2, 2016 6:00 PM
Join us at MNN El Barrio Firehouse Community Media Center as we continue to celebrate the rich history of Puerto Rico with our new art exhibit “A Jewish Perspective of Yesterday’s Puerto Rico”
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Nov 4, 2016 6:30 PM
PROFILED, a film by Kathleen Foster knits the stories of mothers of Black and Latin youth murdered by the NYPD into a powerful indictment of racial profiling and police brutality and places them within a historical context of the roots of racism within the U.S.
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Firehouse Classes

Dec 8, 2016 6:00 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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Dec 9, 2016 6:00 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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