That is not a Mucinex hallucination: I just used the words “quick and painless” about government bureaucracy. Thanks, Obama! Or: thanks, Rosie Mendez. The council member is part of a group of local officials that helped install a temporary ID NYC enrollment center in the East Village.
After finding out about the pop-up at 25 Avenue D and going online earlier this afternoon to discover there was an appointment available in just 10 minutes, I booked it and headed over there. I was in and out in about 15 minutes — no line, no wait, no nothing. All I had to do was fill out a one-page form, present the pertinent documents (in my case, a passport and a utility bill), and pose for a photo. Despite horror stories in the wake of the program’s launch about a year ago, it took me less time than it does to score a pint of Haagen Dazs at my corner bodega when there’s a drunk girl in front of me scouring her Marc Jacobs bag for nickels.
The site — at Henry Street Settlement’s Jobs Plus offices in the Lillian Wald Houses, at the corner of Avenue D and East 3rd Street — is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. every weekday except Tuesday, when it’s open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. It pops down Jan. 15 at noon.
The East Village pop-up comes on the heels of a new permanent enrollment center in Chinatown and a year’s extension of the deadline to sign up for benefits such as free museum membership, discounted movie tickets and Citi Bike membership, and all the rest.
I’m not going to declare this a completely painless experience until I see how my picture turned out (I was told to expect the card in the mail within about two to three weeks), but still.
Appointments are preferred, so sign up for one here.