New York City Asks Cultural Groups to Help Enhance Municipal IDs

Robin Pogrebin, New York Times, July 23, 2014

The much-heralded municipal identification card announced this month by the de Blasio administration will make it easier for undocumented immigrants in New York City to check out library books and sign a lease.

It might also come with free membership to the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

To broaden the appeal of a card that will be available to all New Yorkers early next year but is designed to help those who do not have a driver’s license or other official identification, the administration has asked some of the city’s most prominent cultural institutions to offer benefits, like memberships or discounted tickets, to cardholders.

The proposal, floated last week to a group of city arts executives at the Met Museum by Tom Finkelpearl, the cultural affairs commissioner, is designed to ensure that a card intended to help undocumented New Yorkers does not simply become an easy way to identify them.

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{snip} All the executives belong to the Cultural Institutions Group, which includes the Met Museum, Lincoln Center, the Brooklyn Museum and 30 other organizations that operate in city-owned buildings or on city-owned land.

How, for example, would the program affect the income derived from daily admissions, ticket sales or yearly membership fees? While a card giving every New Yorker access to certain museums and stages would likely broaden audiences, it also might tempt paying members to opt for the free alternative. The Met Museum, for example, takes in more than $26 million a year in membership fees from its 155,000 members, a third of whom are city residents.

Still, all those asked say they are seriously considering the proposal and plan to spend the next few weeks working out the details. {snip}

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New York will not be the first city to try loading perks into identity cards as a way to broaden their appeal and offset any potential stigma.

San Francisco, which introduced identity cards in 2008, offered, as an inducement, discounts at the city’s golf courses, museums and participating restaurants. Even so, only a small fraction of the city’s 825,000 residents have signed up for the card, though Bill Barnes, a spokesman for the city administrator, said officials have been pleased with the response.

In New Haven, ID cards–first issued in 2007–are soon to be reloadable for downtown parking and shopping.

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  • Why bother issuing these IDs at all, when photo ID is racist?

    • IBWHITE

      Yeah but it includes free admission to the Metropolitan Museum of Art! I’m sure the lines will resemble a black Friday sale.

  • StillModerated

    This program is essentially homosexual registration. Then they will be forced to wear pink triangles.

    • propagandaoftruth

      This isn’t creepy at all…

  • Oil Can Harry

    So not only don’t we deport illegals, e give them free museum membership and discounts at restaurants.
    USA RIP

  • MekongDelta69

    Hilarious – the socialist New York Slimes doing a story on a communist mayor.

    My laugh for the day:
    “The much-heralded municipal identification card announced this month by the de Blasio administration will make it easier for undocumented immigrants illegal aliens in New York City to check out library books and sign a lease.

    It might also come with free membership to the Metropolitan Museum of Art.”

    Can I get free Yankee tickets Billy Boy?

    • propagandaoftruth

      Well it’s the ARTS, MD69. In the Peep’s Dumbocratic Republik of New Detoilet, also known as DiBlackistan, the evil taxpaying capitalist racists will fund all things like art, blacks, their own genocide, the destruction of all Herr Giuliani and Herr Bloomberg did for those fat cats of Wall Street!

      Hooooooweee! The Big Apple’s got a nasty worm in it…

  • WR_the_realist

    de Blasio epitomizes, in a single human being, everything that is wrong with this country.

    • John

      Think of the challenges he’s had to overcome. Such as having a son that is easily mistaken as part of the landscaping from a distance.

  • Juggernaut3000

    Good job of class and race warfare de Blasio.

    Looks like your tax base and rich elite are tired of you targeting their money for confiscation to fund your socialist fantasies and are fleeing to Florida and other low-tax states in droves.

    Maybe your favorite victim classes can sign Section 8 leases for the abandoned mansions and $10 million dollar Central Park West condos, just like your heroes the Bolsheviks turned over empty mansions to “the poor” after the nobility were killed or driven off.

  • dd121

    Can somebody help me figure out how we can stigmatize them even more?

  • Adolf Verloc

    “Free membership to the Metropolitan Museum of Art?” Spray paint, here we come.

    • guest

      Heather MacDonald did a piece for City Journal a few years back about some NYC museum that was doing a graffiti “art” exhibition.

      Heather showed up with a can of spray paint. When she whipped it out to Transform The Urban Environment Using Guerrilla Semiotic Tactics…the security guards quickly moved in to stop her. Seems that sort of thing is only OK when it’s yoofs doing it to working class whites’ houses/places of business.

      If you want a bit of awakening, Google the Sackler family–Arthur, Marietta, Elizabeth, Gillian–and their friends the (Guido) Goldmans. The Met, like the Smithsonian, is now run on huge infusions of fortunes like these.

      The Sacklers got their money in valium patent profits passed down as Nth generation trust funds to people who’ve never done a day of work in their lives, and who are more politically correct than Leviticus. I think the youngest Sackler (Michael) is a Park Slope trust fund hipster (now over 30) whose mom updates his Wikipedia biography regularly. She used her trust fund to endow the Elizabeth A Sackler Center for Feminist Art at the Brooklyn Museum. It’s big on Judy Chicago.

      Guido Goldman is absolutely in love with black “culture” which is in fact Jewish culture that employs blacks to front it (like the Alvin Ailey Dance Theatre).

      They just love lawbreakers. Because, even after three or four generations, they still aren’t really Americans, and they know it, and are proud to destroy the republic that gave them everything they have. De Blasio is their lapdog.

  • IKUredux

    This is just another empty gesture. I don’t get it. Seriously? They think that being allowed into the Met and being able to take out books at the library, are inducements, to these ignorant illegal aliens? What? Have all the libraries in NY switched to an every language but English format? I’m sorry, I just don’t get the point. If the illegal aliens invading this country cared about literature and art, I guarantee you, they would not need need to flee their country of origin.

    • Ograf

      They will steal the books.

  • John

    “The proposal, floated last week to a group of city arts executives at the Met Museum by Tom Finkelpearl….”. Whew, now I’m relieved. We’ve got a Finkelpearl on the job. City is saved.

  • God forbid that unskilled, illiterate invading criminals should feel stigmatized.