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Continuing Until 10/27, IDNYC Returns to CBN/RI Senior Center

David Stone
Ben Kallos (L) with CBN Executive Director Bill Dionne (R) at last year's IDNYC opening at the Senior Center
Ben Kallos (L) with CBN Executive Director Bill Dionne (R) at last year's IDNYC opening at the Senior Center
© David Stone / Roosevelt Island Daily

A year after IDNYC's first successful week at the Carter Burden Network's Senior Center on Roosevelt Island, the group returns on Tuesday, October 19th. Representatives will be on hand from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. until the 27th.

"What I love about this ID Card is it shows that what is good for older people is good for everyone," said Bill Dionne, Executive Director of the Carter Burden Center for the Aging, at last year's opening.

Carter Burden, which oversees the Roosevelt Island Senior Center at 546 Main Street, is hosting the week long pop-up."

The IDNYC card provides verifiable identification to people who may not have a driver's license or other government ID.

But for seniors, there's something special.

Records show that 66.7% of seniors, the age group taking greatest advantage of the program, use it for cultural events.

"That total is more than all the other municipal IDs put together," said Council Member Ben Kallos who, as Vice Chair of the Progressive Caucus, helped champion the program.

Cultural events are a huge part of the mission of IDNYC to bring city residents together with equal access.

They range from discounts at Modell's Sporting Goods to free one-year memberships in some of the world's finest cultural institutions, including The American Museum of Natural History, The Brooklyn Children's Museum, The Museum of Chinese in America and The Museum of the City of New York.

For a list of free stuff that will keep the most avid culture junkie busy for months, click here.

Young, old, in-between, be sure to take advantage of this special event.