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Municipal ID popup center coming to Bayside in January

By Madina Toure

A new popup municipal ID enrollment center will open at the Bayside Library in January. Starting Jan. 11, the popup IDNYC enrollment center will run at the library at 214-20 Northern Blvd. The center will cater to the Asian-American community in Oakland Gardens, Bayside Hills, Bayside as well as the community at large.

State Assemblywoman Nily Rozic (D-Fresh Meadows) and Paul Yoo, president of the Korean American Association of Queens, which is sponsoring the popup in conjunction with Rozic’s office, announced its opening last week. The announcement was also attended by Immigrant Affairs Commissioner Nisha Agarwal and representatives of the YWCA of Queens and other Korean organizations.

Applicants can now reserve an appointment online for the Bayside Library site. IDNYC team members will be onsite to enroll applicants starting in January through Feb. 5.

Mayor Bill de Blasio and City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito (D-Manhattan) announced Monday that the IDNYC program will continue to be free in 2016 for eligible New Yorkers.

The program now provides people with free one-year memberships to the Guggenheim Museum, the Museum of Modern Art, the New Museum, the Metropolitan Opera, the Museum of Chinese in America and the BRIC Arts | Media and Pregones Theater.

There will also be discounted tickets and memberships for Citi Bike, the New York City Football Club, the New York Theatre Ballet and Ballet School, Animal Care Centers of New York, the Alliance of Resident Theatres and Roundabout Theatre Company.

The program will continue free one-year memberships to the city’s Cultural Institutions Group and expanded discounts and benefits,

There are currently 670,000 municipal ID cardholders and more than 160,000 cultural memberships redeemed.

De Blasio launched Agarwal also announced the creation of ActionNYC, a $7.9 million initiative that seeks to provide immigration-related information and legal support starting in early spring 2016.

Reach reporter Madina Toure by e-mail at mtoure@cnglocal.com or by phone at (718) 260–4566.

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