2015-02-11 / Features

Internet in Bloom For The Layperson

By Ted J. Bloom

Ted J. Bloom, MLS., MSEd., CPL.,CKMI., has been a published columnist in New York since 1999. A college librarian in Downtown Brooklyn and Manhattan with two graduate degrees, some of his credentials include creating and running a career preparation computer lab for at-risk youth through the U.S. Department of Labor, as well as being a SUNY Communications Instructor, a YMCA Director and a Certified Krav Maga instructor.  His first book will be available soon.Ted J. Bloom, MLS., MSEd., CPL.,CKMI., has been a published columnist in New York since 1999. A college librarian in Downtown Brooklyn and Manhattan with two graduate degrees, some of his credentials include creating and running a career preparation computer lab for at-risk youth through the U.S. Department of Labor, as well as being a SUNY Communications Instructor, a YMCA Director and a Certified Krav Maga instructor. His first book will be available soon.Considering the tri-state area recently got hammered by two blizzards in less than a week, you may be expecting me to review a multifaceted and very reliable weather forecasting website, such as www.NOAA.gov. However, Internet In Bloom readers know our government's National Weather Service site, as I have reviewed it before.
Moreover, New York City has come up with a great new, free identification card that includes all kinds of benefits, if you are a City resident and have a picture ID and are at least 14 years old.  There are some exceptions to having a picture ID, if you are under 21 and have a guardian who can accompany you to an IDNYC Enrollment Center.  Anyone can apply, regardless of citizenship, criminal history or income. More than eight million of us may find out all the exciting details at www.nyc.gov/IDNYC such as: a one-year free membership package at 33 of the city's leading cultural institutions, including world-class museums, performing arts centers, concert halls, botanical gardens, and zoos.  One has to visit one of NYCs multiple IDNYC Enrollment Centers.  They are located in all five boroughs of the city.  
Furthermore, you will be able to use your IDNYC card at any public library in New York. The card can be integrated with your account at the New York, Brooklyn, and Queens Public Library Systems. This is the first time a single card will be accepted across all three systems. To use your IDNYC card at a library, ask a librarian at your local branch to connect your IDNYC card with your library account or sign up for a new library account and use your IDNYC card as your library card.  Plus, you will be able to open a bank or credit account at more than a dozen financial institutions across New York City.
Did you know that BigAppleRx is the City of New Yorks official prescription drug discount card, and now you can access discounts with your IDNYC card?  Also, you receive a 10-percent discount off annual NYC Parks Recreation Center membership for adults age 25-61. This is available at any of our parks’ 35 neighborhood recreation centers.  With your IDNYC card, you will receive access to the YMCAs Y Roads young adult centers and New Americans Welcome Centers. You will also receive 20 percent off of family memberships at all 22 YMCA centers citywide.
But wait, there’s more! You will receive a five-percent discount off all purchases at Food Bazaar supermarkets in New York City on weekdays from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Exclusions may apply. To get the discount, simply show your IDNYC card at checkout.
There’s even more!  New York Pass is a citywide pass to 83 tourist attractions. With your IDNYC card, you will receive a 25-percent discount. You can skip the lines with a one, two, three, five, or seven-day pass. To sign up, call 888-567-7277 or visit the New York Pass office at 36 West 44th St., New York, NY 10036.
In closing let’s not forget: the fabulous IDNYC card can be presented to the NYPD for purposes of issuing summons or desk appearance tickets instead of arrest, and for entry into public buildings, like schools.   You may even use it as ID for taking the high school equivalency exam in New York City.  In this competitive economy with free trade shrinking domestic labor at record levels, I suggest all the educational credentials you can afford.  See you next column.   

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