New York’s municipal ID card program draws long lines at enrollment centers

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NEW YORK CITY (PIX11) – New York’s municipal identification card program drew long lines at 12 enrollment centers around the city Tuesday.

The card, also known as IDNYC, is aimed at New Yorkers who currently do not have an ID. This includes the elderly, homeless and an estimated 500,000 immigrants without legal documentation.

New Yorkers who are at least 14 years old are qualified to get a municipal ID card, which will connect them to services, programs and benefits around the city, including one-year membership at several museums, zoos, concert halls and botanical gardens.

With the perks that come along with the new ID, it’s not surprising that several New Yorkers lined up for several hours to get their hands on one. Some, however, were denied by the end of the day due to the overwhelming response.

Having an IDNYC means membership and over $2100 in savings at the following locations:

  • Metropolitan Museum of Art (Manhattan)
  • Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts (Manhattan)
  • Brooklyn Academy of Music (Brooklyn)
  • Wildlife Conservation Society/Bronx Zoo (Bronx/Queens/Brooklyn/Manhattan)
  • Carnegie Hall (Manhattan)
  • Brooklyn Botanic Garden (Brooklyn)
  • Brooklyn Children’s Museum (Brooklyn)
  • Brooklyn Museum (Brooklyn)
  • Bronx County Historical Society (Bronx)
  • Bronx Museum of the Arts (Bronx)
  • Wave Hill (Bronx)
  • American Museum of Natural History (Manhattan)
  • El Museo del Barrio (Manhattan)
  • Museum of Jewish Heritage (Manhattan)
  • Museum of the City of New York (Manhattan)
  • New York Ballet (Manhattan)
  • New York City Center (Manhattan)
  • The Public Theater (Manhattan)
  • The Studio Museum in Harlem (Manhattan)
  • Flushing Town Hall (Queens)
  • Jamaica Center for Arts & Learning (Queens)
  • Museum of the Moving Image (Queens)
  • New York Hall of Science (Queens)
  • MoMA PS1 (Queens)
  • Queens Botanical Garden (Queens)
  • Queens Museum (Queens)
  • Queens Theatre (Queens)
  • Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden (Staten Island)
  • Staten Island Children’s Museum (Staten Island)
  • Historic Richmond Town (Staten Island)
  • Staten Island Museum (Staten Island)
  • Staten Island Zoo (Staten Island)