Remember all the tears -- from the usual suspects -- when the Met announced last year that it would take the radical step of starting to do what virtually every other museum does (charge for admission).
Well, here's some follow-up news about that:
"The Department of Cultural Affairs said that $1.4 million of the admissions money from the Met was earmarked for over 160 cultural development fund recipients that are in or serving what the city has identified as 'high-need neighborhoods.' Those include Harlem Stage in Manhattan; Louis Armstrong House Museum in Queens; and St. George Theater in Staten Island.
"The other half of the Met revenue will go to institutions in city-owned property that are in what the Department of Cultural Affairs has said are 'underserved communities.'
"Those funding increases, ranging from $25,000 to $175,000, will go to 16 organizations, including El Museo, the Studio Museum, the Bronx Museum of the Arts, the Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning, and children’s museums in Brooklyn and Staten Island."