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," leading 1960's political activist, Todd Gitlin, returns to critique the Students for a Democratic Society and discuss the organization's relevance today.
This winter, escape the cold and join us at one of our free events at the 59th Street Facility or the MNN El Barrio Firehouse Community Media Center.
Food for Thought is an original series premiering on the youth channel on Wednesday, February 3 at 6 pm. Tune in for a special interview about voting with NYC Council District 10 Chief of Staff, Carmen De La Rosa.
This Sunday on "The Radical Imagination," Reverend Dr. Liz Theoharis and Willie Baptist of the Kairos Center share strategies for building a new Poor People's Campaign and eliminating poverty.
This Sunday, on a new episode of "The Radical Imagination" guests Gina Belafonte and Immortal Technique discuss the role of the artist/activist in bringing about radical progressive change.


Latest Firehouse Videos

On this episode of "The Radical Imagination," host Jim Vrettos and political activist Todd Gitlin discuss Students for a Democratic Society and the organization's relevance in today's society.
On this episode of "The Radical Imagination," Michael Pelias and and Peter Bratsis sit down with Jessica Rosenberg of LIU Faculty Federation and Sharon Persinger of the Professional Staff Congress to discuss the fight for job security and higher wages for professors.


Firehouse Hours

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

Community Events

Feb 17, 2016 10:30 AM
Este curso práctico explorará las fases de producción, guión, funcionamiento de la cámara HD portátil, composición, audio y conceptos básicos de iluminación.
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Feb 20, 2016 2:00 PM
An Advanced class for previously certified NX5U producers.
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Firehouse Film Club

Mar 4, 2016 6:30 PM
This short documentary showcases how the art of salsa made its’ pathway from Cuba toward Puerto Rico and into New York.
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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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