First of all, it is free to all New York City residents.
(nyc.gov/idnyc) Second, it will replace all those cards you can never keep track of, especially your library card.(nypl.org) Once you have your NYCID card, go to your local NYC library and register it. The library remembers your number and you’re home free. I’ve been having a ball taking out e-books electronically on my tablet, placing holds on books that suddenly appear in my “Bookshelf”, and never ever paying a fine, because they disappear online automatically when they’re due. You get 21 days and you can renew–fantastically easy. And if you have trouble figuring out how to do it, they have really nice people you can call.
Third, you have one-year memberships to leading museums, including Natural History, (amnh.org) Metropolitan Museum,
(nycgo.com) zoos, (nydailynews.com) concert halls, botanical gardens.(nydailynews.com) and tons of others. Of course, you may wish to continue making your usual contributions, or take a break for a year.
How do get it? well, if you reside in New York City, go to http://www.nyc.gov/idnyc, take three documents with you, find an enrollment center on the list and you’re in. BTW, for this year, you have to sign up by 12/31/16. There are all kinds of other benefits that you can find online, but trust me, it’s worth it. You don’t have to be a senior to get it, but if you are, it’s especially handy.