124-year-old former East Harlem Firehouse Becomes State-of-the-art Media Center

www.mnn.org/firehouse

The El Barrio Firehouse will be a state-of-the-art media center providing local residents with full access to new communications technologies.

In 2007, MNN acquired the historic El Barrio-East Harlem Firehouse in Upper Manhattan. Renovation is underway to create a state-of-the-art Community Media Center. The Firehouse center will offer equitable access to new media skills and training services to local residents and community-based organizations, helping to overcome the digital divide and empower residents and local neighborhoods through access to media.

The five-story Firehouse media center will include:

* Three Live Broadcast & Production Studios
* A Large Multi-Purpose Meeting, Exhibition & Performance Space
* Editing, Camera and Studio Facilities
* Broadband Access and Training

A key component of the new Firehouse will be a stand-alone Youth Media Center, offering New Economy skills and job training to young people between the ages of 12-25.

The Youth Media Center will also produce 20-hours a week of programming made by youth, for youth, that will air on MNN’s four cablecast channels to more than 600,000 subscribers in Manhattan. The Firehouse is slated to open in mid-2011.

The Firehouse is located in the historic Manhattan neighborhood of El Barrio-East Harlem at 175 East 104th Street between Lexington Ave. and 3rd Ave.

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