We kind of nerded out here at B+B when we heard news that an IDNYC enrollment station was popping up in the East Village through the month of December. The municipal identification program — the groundbreaking pet project of Mayor Bill de Blasio and the largest program of its kind across the country — gives all New Yorkers, regardless of immigration status, the right to an ID card. Of course, there are all kinds of perks to get us to develop some loyalty to these things and actually carry the cards around. Or maybe our lanky Mayor just loves us.
And actually, you might be inclined to think the latter now that we’ve been given the greatest holiday gift ever. The Mayor announced an extension of the free membership program linked to the card for at least another year. And just when we thought things couldn’t get any better, another IDNYC registration center is launching in Chinatown.
The new Chinatown station opens Friday December 18 at the Department of Probation, 100 Centre Street, Room 1600 at 10 am. Just make sure to review the document requirements and book an appointment once it opens. If that’s neither here nor there for you, then check out this map to find the easiest place to register.
In case you weren’t aware, the card is much more exciting than a driver’s license. You can use it to apply for free year-long memberships at tons of museums and cultural institutions like the Guggenheim, the Museum of Modern Art, and the Museum of the Moving Image, among others. Perks include discounted tickets at the Public Theater, 20 percent off food and drink at Joe’s Pub and The Library, half-off movie tickets and same-day tickets to performances at BAM, and free admission to The Met, MoMA PS1, and the Brooklyn Museum.
The Mayor also recruited some brand new institutions to participate in the free-membership list, such as the Metropolitan Opera, saving you a pretty penny when you’re down to get cultured.
The complete list of benefits, which will actually expand in the new year, includes some wellness perks, like discounts on prescription drugs, groceries, and gym memberships; as well as entertainment savings on stuff like tickets for movies, sporting events, and even Broadway shows.
Correction: a previous version of this article stated that there’s an enrollment site located in Bushwick at 280 Wyckoff Avenue, but we’ve been informed it’s a long-term pop-up and will be relocated to a different site in the area soon. Stay tuned, we’ll have the update when available!