01/19/17 9:46am
Neat, you can do this without dealing with a disgruntled agent who's had to meet with 1000+ people that day. via screenshot

You can do this without facing off against a disgruntled agent about whether you brought the right documents. via screenshot

The NYC ID is your all-access pass to free museum memberships and discount movie tickets. You can even use it to open a bank account. But applying for it used to be a minor pain in the ass; it meant waiting on line, for one, something few New Yorkers have the patience to do.

But as of today, you can apply for your NYC ID without even putting on pants. The IDNYC program has just debuted its new online application portal, where you can apply for a new card, update the information on your current card, replace a lost, stolen or damaged card or re-apply if your previous application wasn’t approved.

You’ll still have to go into an IDNYC enrollment center eventually to show them your documents, but this vastly reduces wait times, paper waste and the possibility of screwing it up (which happens, I did.)  (more…)

01/11/17 3:29pm
Here are the museum memberships you can get with your NYC ID in 2017

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: (more…)

10/17/16 3:00pm
Nets gain: Your IDNYC will get you 25 percent off Barclays Center tickets

25 percent off this expensive haus? Not bad. via Flickr user Adrian Kinloch

If you haven’t got your IDNYC card yet, now’s as good a time as any to make the schlep. It’s barely a schlep, anyway; the ID is free, and there won’t be long lineups to get one since you’re so late to the party yourself.

Why now? Well, IDNYC has always boasted discounts at a number of cultural institutions — free one-year memberships at the Botanic Gardens, BAM and the Brooklyn Museum, for example — but now, your IDNYC also makes up for in sports game discounts what it lacks in sensible function. You get 25 percent off Barclays Center tickets! (more…)

04/02/15 1:47pm
The only piece of unexpired  photo ID left in my wallet.

The only piece of unexpired photo ID left in my wallet. by Sam Corbin

When we first ran that post about how to get the NYC municipal ID, it was just a roving blip on everyone’s radar. There were only a few enrollment centers around the city, and all that paperwork was enough to deter anyone who already had a driver’s license. Now, though, it’s a bigger deal: a piece of government-issued identification that doesn’t require immigration info or the ability to drive, and doubles as a library card? Everyone’s lining up for these sleek, snappy and free NYC IDs. I was in that lineup—for a surprisingly short amount of time, considering the heavy backlog—and I’m here to tell you that it’s totally worth it. (more…)