We are pleased to announce that MNN will begin a limited and phased reopening of our studio and edit facilities at our 59th Street and El Barrio Firehouse community media centers beginning the week of August 17, 2020. Online reservations will open on Access Center on August 10 at 1:00pm for the studios and edit stations that will be available for community use. All production activities are in accordance with and advised by the New York State Department of Health’s “Interim Guidance for Media Production During the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency,” dated June 23, 2020, and available on the NY Governor's website (PDF). 

Entry and Sign-in

  • Please arrive at the facility for your reservation at or immediately prior to your scheduled reservation time; no indoor waiting areas will be available at MNN facilities.
  • Please use the intercom on the sidewalk to announce your arrival to the MNN receptionist.
  • The receptionist will consult the daily reservation log to confirm your reservation. 
  • Only MNN producers and their studio guests with advanced reservations will be permitted to access MNN facilities. No guests of producers will be permitted into MNN unless they have been pre-registered on their Production Plan.
  • Once buzzed into the facility, all producers and guests will undergo a temperature check at reception. As per CDC guidelines, MNN will prohibit access to MNN facilities to anyone registering a temperature higher than 100.4.
  • Everyone entering an MNN facility must sign the COVID-19 Policy Acknowledgment upon arrival. 
  • Producers must wear masks or face protection at all times. Face masks and gloves will be provided at the reception desk in the lobby, if necessary. Sanitizing Stations are located throughout MNN facilities. Producers and staff are encouraged to wash and sanitize their hands often. MNN will refuse entry to anyone who does not, or will not, wear a mask. 
  • Once granted entry, visitors will be instructed to proceed directly to the scheduled service/appointed area while complying with distancing guidelines.
  • Producers shall, at all times, ensure a distance of six feet is maintained, unless the safety or space constraints of a given activity require a shorter distance.
  • Failure to comply with these guidelines may result in the suspension of access to space and cancellation of equipment reservations

Available Facilities

At 59th Street, please note that the Closed Studio, the Green Room, Express Studio 3, Express Studio 4, the 2nd Floor Conference Room and the small designated eating area on the second floor will not be available for reservation or use until further notice. 

At the Firehouse, the Zapata Express and Burgos Mini studios will not be available for reservation. The use of the 1st floor kitchenette will not be permitted. 

Editing Facilities @59th Street (Online Reservations Only)

  • MNN Certified Editing Producers can reserve edit stations in one of two daily time slots, 1:00pm-3:30pm and 4:30pm-7:00pm. 
  • Please arrive at the facility for your reservation at or immediately prior to your scheduled reservation time; no indoor waiting areas will be available at MNN facilities.
  • Once permitted access to the facility by the MNN receptionist please proceed directly to the edit station you have been assigned.
  • A maximum of two reservations per week per producer can be made.
  • One edit station in each of the three edit suites is available for reservation. Only one person per edit reservation is permitted to occupy an edit suite. A mask must remain on at all times.
  • One person can edit in the fishbowl area. A mask must remain on at all times.
  • To the extent practicable, please ensure that a distance of at least six feet is maintained between producers and MNN staff.
  • Producers must use a pre-assigned edit station.
  • Producers must exit the building upon the completion of their reservation.  

Editing Facilities @El Barrio Firehouse (Online Reservations Only)

  • MNN Certified Editing Producers can reserve edit stations in one of two daily time slots, 1:00pm-3:30pm and 4:30-7:00pm. On Saturdays, 11:00am-1:30pm and 2:30pm-5:00pm.
  • Please arrive at the facility for your reservation at or immediately prior to your scheduled reservation time; no indoor waiting areas will be available at MNN facilities.
  • Once permitted access to the facility by the MNN receptionist please proceed directly to the edit station you have reserved.
  • A maximum of two reservations per week per producer can be made.
  • A maximum of three people can edit in the James Baldwin room. Masks must remain on at all times. 
  • One person can edit in the Nina Simone area. Masks must remain on at all times. 
  • To the extent practicable, please ensure that a distance of at least six feet is maintained between producers and MNN staff.
  • Producers must use a pre-assigned edit station.
  • Producers must exit the building upon the completion of their reservation.

Open Studio @59th Street and George Stoney Studio @El Barrio Firehouse (Online Reservations Only)

  • Certified Studio Producers can reserve the Open Studio at 59th Street and the George Stoney Studio at the Firehouse in one of two daily time slots, 1:00pm-3:30pm and 4:30pm-7:00pm and on Saturdays at the Firehouse from 11:00am-1:30pm and 2:30pm-5:00pm. 
  • Please arrive at the facility for your reservation at or immediately prior to your scheduled reservation time; no indoor waiting areas will be available at MNN facilities.
  • Once permitted access to the facility by the MNN receptionist please proceed directly to the studio.
  • Studio reservations must be made four days in advance of your shoot.
  • A production plan/questionnaire must be submitted to the Production and Facilitation department for review no later than 48 hours before the reservation is scheduled to begin. Please follow the relevant link to fill out the 59th St Studio Production Plan or Firehouse Studio Production PlanFailure to submit this document will result in the cancellation of studio reservations.
  • There can be two crew members on the studio floor to operate manual cameras at 59th St and one crew member at the Firehouse.
  • There can be up to three talent, socially distanced, on camera without masks. 
  • MNN staff will operate the studio control room.
  • No studio audiences are permitted.
  • Everyone entering an MNN facility must sign the COVID-19 Policy Acknowledgment upon arrival.
  • All crew members and talent shall, to the maximum extent practicable, arrive at the facility “camera ready”; no facilities for hair, makeup or wardrobe will be available at MNN facilities.
  • Upon the fulfillment of the studio reservation all associated with the studio shoot must immediately leave the facility.

Field Package Checkout (Phone Reservations Only)

All field package checkout procedures will comply with the New York State Department of Health’s interim Guidance for Retail, Rental, Repair, Cleaning Activities during the COVID 19 Public Health Emergency, (PDF) dated July 1, 2020.

Certified Field Producers will be able to reserve field equipment for lobby pickup and returns on specific days during MNN’s revised hours of operation. Reservations for field packages will be made by phone only. MNN’s standardized field camera packages will contain the following equipment:

  • Z150 camera + 1 battery
  • 1 Video Light 
  • 1 handheld mic + XLR

A camera tripod will be made available to you upon request. No other substitutions or additions of equipment will be made.  

  • For 59th Street, reservations can be made by phone only from Mon-Fri between the hours of 1:00pm-7:00pm at ext. 309 and 314.
  • For El Barrio Firehouse, reservations can be made by phone only from Tu-F from 1:00pm-7:00pm and on Saturdays from 11pm-5pm at ext. 200.
  • All reservations must be made at least 48 hours in advance and no more than two weeks prior to the requested date of reservation. 
  • All MNN field equipment will be sanitized and then quarantined in a safe room for a minimum of 72 hours before your reservation begins.
  • Equipment Pickups will take place on the following days and times at each location
    • 59th Street Pickup - Only on Mondays and Thursdays 1:00pm-7:00pm
    • Firehouse Pickup - Only on Tuesdays and Fridays 1:00pm-7:00pm 
  • Equipment Returns will take place on the following days and times at each location
    • 59th Street equipment picked up on Monday will be required to be returned on Thursday or before. Equipment picked up on Thursday will be required to be returned on Friday or Monday. 
    • Firehouse equipment picked up on Tuesday will be required to be returned on Friday or before. Equipment picked up on Friday will be required to be returned  on Tuesday or before. 

Field Equipment Checkout Process 

  • Please arrive at the facility for your reservation at or immediately prior to your scheduled reservation time; no indoor waiting areas will be available at MNN facilities
  • To the extent practicable, please attempt to limit the number of individuals entering the facility to those necessary for picking up the equipment
  • Once permitted access to the facility by the MNN receptionist, please proceed directly to the field checkout area.
  • Staff will leave the reserved equipment on the counter along with the reservation form you will need to sign
  • At the counter, review all items in the camera bag and sign the reservation form. Please leave the form on the counter for staff to retrieve and exit the building with your camera package 

Field Equipment Return Process

  • Please arrive at the facility for your reservation at or immediately prior to your scheduled reservation time; no indoor waiting areas will be available at MNN facilities
  • To the extent practicable, please attempt to limit the number of individuals entering the facility to those necessary for returning the equipment
  • Once permitted access to the facility by the MNN receptionist, please proceed directly to the field checkout counter with MNN’s equipment 
  • Please leave the camera package on the equipment counter for return and exit the building 
  • Upon confirmation of the receipt and condition of all Field Equipment, MNN will provide the producer with an email acknowledgement of the equipment return

Health & Safety Practices 

We ask that everyone in the facility:

  • Promote frequent, thorough hand washing, including staff, MNN producers and talent. 
  • Sanitize their hands often at the sanitizing stations that can be found throughout MNN facilities.   
  • Commit to maintaining good housekeeping practices, including routine cleaning and disinfecting of surfaces, equipment, and other elements of the work environment throughout the day 
  • Increase the physical distance to at least six feet among employees and producers, and do not shake hands.
  • Avoid using other people’s phones, desks, offices, or other work tools and equipment, when possible.
  • There can be no use of the microwave or refrigerator or any break room area.
  • No eating in MNN facilities.
  • Any employee or producer with symptoms of COVID-like illness should not come to MNN. If symptoms occur while at MNN, the employee or producer should be isolated and then sent home immediately.
  • If a producer tests positive after having been at MNN they must notify MNN at production@mnn.org or firehouse@mnn.org. Such notification must provide both the date and time of the facility use to facilitate contact tracing.

Cleaning and Disinfection Procedures

MNN facilities will be closed to the public between reservation shifts from 3:30pm-4:30pm and on Saturdays at the Firehouse from 1:30pm-2:30pm. At this time, and once again after producers have left after the last reservation shift of the day, MNN staff will take steps to clean and disinfect MNN equipment and facilities. MNN’s cleaning and disinfecting procedures follows CDC guidelines that can be found here.