MNN is proud to announce the purchase of space for a state-of-the-art media facility in New York City's Midtown West neighborhood.
The new facility, spanning two floors in the Henry Hall building at 509 W 38th St., will consist of production studios, editing suites and media classrooms. The facility will serve as MNN’s west-side headquarters, replacing MNN’s 75-year-old building located 21 blocks north at 537 West 59th Street.
“MNN’s new studios will provide accessible, professional-grade tools and distribution for media makers of all backgrounds,” said Damian Benders, MNN’s Board chair, “We are committed to ensuring that MNN programming and media education remains relevant. It has never been more important to provide world-class resources that empower and support independent media.”
“This new facility will allow MNN to continue our legacy of media inclusion and equity,” added Dan Coughlin, President & CEO. “MNN is excited to be investing in our mission, vision, and values, making sure that we provide high quality and affordable resources for media education, production, and distribution that is of the people, by the people, for the people.”
MNN’s existing West 59th St. site has been sold in order to be redeveloped in conjunction with New York City’s Department of Homeless Services. The development site will host high-quality transitional housing and comprehensive on-site services for women experiencing homelessness.
The build out of MNN’s new West 38th St. facility is expected to be completed in the fall of 2022.
The new 38th St. site adds to the robust community media ecosystem expansion that has been rolled out over the past ten years throughout New York City, including expanded and upgraded facilities at NYC Community Access partners BRIC, BronxNet and QPTV.
Regular media classes, studio production, and community events will continue at MNN’s El Barrio Firehouse Community Media Center on East 104th Street.
Updates on the project will be regularly posted on www.mnn.org/blog.