The Center for Performance Research now accepts the NYC ID for a free membership. via FB
The Center for Performance Research now accepts the NYC ID for a free membership. via FB

2017 brings with it a wave of anxiety about the future, as prose-inept-eel-necked Donald Trump looks poised to take the White House despite allegations of treason, assault, ethics, etc etc. Whether it shows on our faces or not, we’re all quietly panicking about our future access to health care, the survival of the free press, and whether we’ll even be able to function in America after January 20.

The great thing about NYC is that it remains a Whoville-esque snowflake in this blinding political avalanche, at least where culture is concerned. Few other cities can boast such impressive access to public programming. The NYC ID is a shining example of that access. It’s free to obtain, and gets you free memberships at dozens of cultural institutions, not to mention movie tickets and discounts at your local grocery store. Regardless of when you first obtained your NYC ID (and if you haven’t gotten yet, what are you waiting for) you can get a free one-year membership at any of the participating cultural institutions so long as you haven’t been a member of it since Jan. 1, 2013.

The roster of participating institutions in the IDNYC program has changed for 2017. Some institutions have bowed out, while a number of others have joined. Our friends at DNAinfo made it easy to spot the changes with a list of institutions that have taken leave of the IDNYC program, as well as the list of places now participating. Here’s what your ID gets you in 2017:

You can score free memberships to any of the following places:

Center for Performance Research
China Institute
The Drawing Center
Film Forum
Jacques Marchais Center for Tibetan Art
The Museum at Eldridge Street
The Museum of Arts and Design
Park Avenue Armory
St. George Theatre
Sugar Hill Children’s Museum of Art & Storytelling
Symphony Space

Here’s where you can no longer score a free membership (aw):

Brooklyn Botanic Garden (but they’re free on weekdays through Feb 2017!)
Brooklyn Museum
Guggenheim Museum
El Museo del Barrio
Museum of the Moving Image
New Museum
New York Hall of Science
Queens Botanical Garden
Staten Island Children’s Museum
Staten Island Historical Society
Staten Island Zoo

Get out there and live a little while you’ve still got the will left.

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