Utilizing IDNYC


After being decreed by de Blasio at the beginning of last year, the IDNYC is available for all New York residents above the age of 14 to apply for and take advantage of. In addition to being a tangible embodiment of New York regional pride, the IDNYC allows cardholders access to schools, public libraries, and allows them to open bank accounts. Along with these benefits, cardholders can also sign up for a free one-year membership to some of the cities most noted attractions (think the Met, Lincoln Center, and Carnegie Hall.) In light of this great benefit, perfect for culture and history buffs, we have highlighted a few attractions that you can take advantage of in the downtown area with your IDNYC.


The Museum of Jewish Heritage:

This Museum highlights the various facets of Jewish history through expeditions as well as films, discussions, and more. The museum can be found at 36 Battery Place.

The Museum of Jewish Heritage
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The Public Theater:

For over 60 years, The Public Theatre has been entertaining audience with shows spanning from Shakespeare to musicals to contemporary theatre. The space is at 425 Lafayette Street and features 5 theaters.

The Public Theater stock photo
Photo: Courtesy of Brooklynvegan.com


The New York Public Library Mulberry St Branch:

With an IDNYC, cardholders can access any public library in New York, Brooklyn, and Queens. The Mulberry Street Library is located at 10 Jersey St. and is a branch of the country’s biggest public library system. The library offers books, DVDs, computers, and, a precious resource among New Yorkers, WiFi.

New York Public Library Stock Photo
Photo: Courtesy of Nypl.org.

Applications are available in over 25 languages and offer many different options to prove your New York residency. To learn more about IDNYC and have all of your enrollment questions answered visit the government’s page.


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Grace Capobianco, CEO/Publisher of Downtown Media & Production was born to be a visionary. She has spent the majority of her life working, developing and marketing innovative media products that not only engage and inform but also bring entire communities together. Utilizing her personal vision as a professional guide, Grace started her first company, Tropical Publishing, when she was just 27 years old and from this moment on, she knew that entrepreneurship was her passion. On a perpetual quest to bring innovative and relevant news to communities, she also created, developed and published the first ever Chamber of Commerce magazine for the Palm Beaches, The South Florida Office Guide. Evolving within the realm of publishing, she moved on to launch Up The Coast magazine in the 1980’s, a guide to Jupiter, in north Florida, where the population aggrandized from 9,000 to more than 70,000 today, and then continued to hone in on niche markets with the launch of publications like Alternative Medicine and NewBeauty. Simultaneously, she launched ATSI, a telecommunications company, which sold Mitel and Siemens products to her publishing clients. The idea of Downtown Magazine NYC was born for Grace in the wake of the devastation of 9/11. A Lower Manhattan resident at this time, Grace saw firsthand the incredible sense of community the neighborhood had demonstrated during these trying times, as well as its immense strength and perseverance. She explored every angle of launching a magazine that would speak to this community but initially felt the timing was just too soon. It wasn’t until 2010 that Grace felt the community was ready to hear its voice and launched Downtown Magazine NYC.