About MNN: Manhattan's Community Media

Manhattan Neighborhood Network (MNN) is a 28-year-old non-profit community media center, offering a wide array of media production, education, and distribution services for Manhattan residents and community organizations. Our vision is to empower local voices and diverse views.

We operate two state-of-the-art media production and education facilities in Manhattan and run Manhattan's public access TV channels, reaching some 600,000 cable subscribers in the borough: 

MNN offers affordable training in video production, editing and broadcasting to Manhattan residents who wish to become Certified Producers with MNN.

MNN also produces the cable and digital channel NYXT.nyc (pronounced next dot n.y.c.). Presented in partnership with more than 60 Manhattan community-based organizations, NYXT.nyc shines a spotlight on groups that are working to connect people and build neighborhoods. NYXT.nyc is available on Spectrum 1992, FiOS 38, and online at nyxt.nyc.

In addition, MNN offers MNN-FSTV, a partnership with independent media network Free Speech TV. MNN FSTV is available on Spectrum 1301 and FiOS 39.

Click here to read MNN's 2016 Annual Report.

Our Mission

MNN is responsible for administering public access cable TV services in Manhattan. Our purpose is to ensure the ability of Manhattan residents to exercise their First Amendment rights through moving image media to create opportunities for communication, education, artistic expression and other non-commercial uses of video facilities on an open and equitable basis. 

In providing services, we seek to involve the diverse racial, ethnic and geographic communities of Manhattan in the electronic communication of their varied interest, needs, concerns and identities.

MNN El Barrio Firehouse Community Center

In 2007, MNN committed to expand its community media services and identified the East 104th Street Firehouse as a potential site for this purpose. After conducting an extensive architectural, engineering and environmental assessment of the Firehouse, MNN decided to purchase it. The historic building constructed in 1883 achieved landmark status, and MNN began a total renovation.

Old Firehouse

The MNN El Barrio Firehouse houses three television studios, editing suites and classroom spaces in the four-story building. The lobby includes a gallery space showcasing the work of visual artists, photographers and artisans. A three-camera television studio on the first floor is the site of community events, activities and television productions. The Producers’ Hub on the second floor is the center of the public access facility with two fully equipped express television studios, several editing suites and classroom. The Youth Media Center on the third floor is dedicated to workshops, classes and training for young people.

History of the East 104th Street Firehouse

The Firehouse has an interesting history dating back to the 1800s. Designed by Napoleon Le Brun & Sons, the official New York City Fire Department architects, the Fire Department purchased the lot on 104th Street for $5,500 in May 1883, and Engine 53 moved into the brand new building on January 15, 1885.

The basement was used for coal storage and a workshop. The street level floor was roughed in squares to give the horses traction. The hose tower, which looks from the front as if it were another full floor at the top of the building, had a water tank for spare supply, hay and grain storage for the horses. In February, 1893, the building had hot water and an indoor toilet added. Horses were used as late as 1922, and at about that time a cement floors was poured at street level to accommodate the "horseless" carriages and pumpers.

In 1972, Engine 53 moved to Third Avenue and 102nd Street. A year later, El Museo del Barrio began renting the building making gradual improvements and purchased it at public auction from the City of New York in May 1980.


Hours of Operation

Main Administration Office
Monday - Friday: 9am-5pm
59th St. Tape Library
Monday - Friday: 12pm-8pm
Saturday: 10am-4pm
59th St. Field Pickup/ Return
Monday - Friday: 12pm-8pm
59th St. Edit & Studios
Monday - Friday: 12pm-12am
MNN El Barrio Firehouse
Tuesday - Friday: 10am-10pm
MNN 2019 Holiday Closings
Jan 21 - MLK, Jr. Day
Feb 18 - Presidents' Day
May 27 - Memorial Day
Jul 4 - Independence Day
Sep 2 - Labor Day
Oct 14 - Columbus Day
Nov 28 - Thanksgiving Day
Dec 25 - Christmas Day
Jan 1, 2020 - New Year’s Day 
Please note that the MNN El Barrio Firehouse will be closed the Saturday before any holiday that falls on a Monday.



Stay up-to-date on local elections, New York politics, and community issues with our Community channel.

Exercise your mind, body, and palate with entertainment and lifestyle programming for New Yorkers with interests as diverse as our city.

Our Spirit channel broadcasts varied religious and philosophical services, lectures, and discussions for all faiths and worldviews.

Multi-lingual programming that covers the arts, politics, and global news for all of Manhattan’s diverse communities.

Our HD channel brings you the best MNN shows in High Definition.

MNN-FSTV brings you a progressive perspective on the news in partnership with Free Speech TV, click here for the full schedule.

NYXT.nyc is a new cable and digital channel that shines a spotlight on the Manhattan organizations that connect people and build communities.