New York City has some of the best cultural spots in the world. We have some of the best everything in the world, actually.
All modesty aside, our parks, museums, zoos, and the like are world class.
But they can run you a pretty penny if you go at the wrong time, or on the wrong days. Now there's a way around that.
Through the end of December, New Yorkers who sign up for the government issued identification card, called IDNYC, will receive a free one-year membership to many of the NYC's zoos and museums.
The IDNYC membership package gets you free or discounted access to 33 of the City's top cultural institutions like concert halls and aquariums, as well as access to special events, museum shops, and local businesses.
It's not like they're relegating the memberships to places nobody wants to go, either.
The membership includes access to botanical gardens in the Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens, and Staten Island.
It also includes access to museums in all the boroughs, like the American Museum of Natural History, Studio Museum in Harlem, Metropolitan Museum of Art, El Museo del Barrio, Museum of Jewish Heritage, MoMA PS1, and the Brooklyn Children's Museum, among others.
Musical and performance institutions on the list are especially impressive, including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, New York City Ballet, and more.
id.nyc Pope Francis now joins over 540,000 New Yorkers as a proud IDNYC cardholder! #popeinnyc
One of the best gifts you can give yourself for the holidays is art. Plus, an extra ID never hurt anybody. Go for it!