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Here’s What You Should See at the First Annual Women In Theatre Festival

(Photo: Courtesy of Shark Media Party)

(Photo: Courtesy of Shark Media Party)

The lack of women-led, produced, and directed theater productions and companies is a well-known phenomena both in the theater world and beyond. Michole Biancosino, the co-founder and artistic director of the Project Y Theatre Company, decided to address this disparity by hosting an entirely female-produced festival, starting on June 9 and continuing in July. The first annual Women in Theater Festival will be held in various locations throughout the city, including Under St. Mark’s in the East Village and ART/NY Studios in Brooklyn, and has become a passion project for Biancosino.

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Chilly Reception: New Liquid-Nitrogen Ice Cream Shop Gets a Cease and Desist

Liquid nitrogen infused ice cream from -321 Ice Cream Shop (Photo: Jaime Cone)

Liquid nitrogen infused ice cream from -321 Ice Cream Shop (Photo: Jaime Cone)

With liquid-nitrogen ice cream shops opening in Williamsburg, the Lower East Side, and now the East Village, it’s safe to say there’s an appetite for the sci-fi dessert. But while the trend sweeps New York, two ice cream shops specializing in the cutting-edge procedure have clashed, with accusations of plagiarism and blatant imitation flying around. The frozen treats may be ice cold, but tempers are heating up.
Just days after opening on St. Marks Place last Friday, Lab-321° is facing accusations from the Williamsburg-based -321° Ice Cream Shop (are you confused yet?) of stealing its logo and name.
Lab-321° on 27 St. Mark's Place (Photo: Luisa Rollenhagen)

Lab-321° on 27 St. Mark’s Place (Photo: Luisa Rollenhagen)

“They know we’re a hot topic right now,” said Allen Ruan, co-founder of -321° Ice Cream Shop, which has been around since last year. He explained that the flask design, the logo, and the name “-321°” are in the process of being registered, but that “we have the right to first use in commerce,” meaning that whoever came up with an image or logo and used it within a specific context first has the right to lay claim on it and use it.
The storefront of -321° Ice Cream Shop in Williamsburg (Photo: Jaime Cone)

The storefront of -321° Ice Cream Shop in Williamsburg (Photo: Jaime Cone)

Ruan also said that the new shop is causing confusion among longtime customers. “We have customers asking us if [Lab-321°] is our second shop.”
However, Lab-321° insists their concept has nothing to do with Ruan’s. Shirley Tang, the co-manager at Lab-321°, said, “We have our own trademark, we don’t sell the same thing.”
The menu at Lab-321° (Photo: Luisa Rollenhagen)

The menu at Lab-321° (Photo: Luisa Rollenhagen)

The specialty of -321° Ice Cream Shop in liquid-nitrogen ice cream, a treat that’s more reminiscent of a laboratory experiment than a home-churned sweet treat straight from the a bucolic dairy farm. It’s made by adding liquid nitrogen to a liquid cream concoction (think melted ice cream) and churning it all together to create the familiar thick, creamy texture in minutes.
On the other hand, Tang explained that her shop’s specialties are marshmallow dips (marshmallows speared on a stick, covered in liquid ice cream, and then dipped in liquid ice cream), dragon’s breath (popcorn on a stick immersed in liquid nitrogen), and Thai-style rolled ice cream. “These are totally different things,” Tang said.
Tang making rolled ice cream (Photo: Luisa Rollenhagen)

Tang making rolled ice cream (Photo: Luisa Rollenhagen)

She explained that the rolled treats are made by chopping up ingredients such as cookies, fruits, and chocolate into liquid ice cream, which is then spread on a cooling pan (cooled down to -13°C, or 8.6°F) and rolled into six individual rolls and then adorned with various toppings.
(Photo: Luisa Rollenhagen)

(Photo: Luisa Rollenhagen)

Tang argued the use of the term “-321°” simply came from the fact that liquid nitrogen cooled at that temperature. The shop plans to expand its menu soon to offer more liquid nitrogen-based treats, such as liquid nitrogen-dipped ice cream egg rolls.
However, Ruan wasn’t satisfied with this explanation. “The actual temperature of liquid nitrogen is -320.44°F,” he said, explaining that he had rounded up for simplicity’s sake. “If Lab-321° said they are just using the temperature of liquid nitrogen, they should have just used -320.44 or -320.”
Regardless, he was already in the middle of taking legal action. “We sent them a cease and desist letter. I actually called them, but they just hung up on me,” he said. Ice cold indeed.

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NADA To See Here: Our 6 Favorite Things at the NADA Art Fair

(Photo: Luisa Rollenhagen)

(Photo: Luisa Rollenhagen)

This week, even more so than usual, art aficionados are really spoiled for choice in New York. Not only is Frieze Fair going on, but NADA (the New Art Dealers Alliance) returned to Pier 36 on the Lower East Side today. With 105 exhibitors showing through May 8, the selection can be quite overwhelming, so we went ahead and did the work for you and picked out six of our favorite exhibits.

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Are YOU Ready For the Revolution? Our Top 5 May Day Weekend Picks

(Photo: Courtesy of miss_millions)

(Photo: Courtesy of miss_millions)

Whether you know it as International Workers Day or as spring-inflected May Day, this year’s May 1 falls on a weekend, which means two days packed to the brim with events ranging from the revolutionary to the ridiculous. With a hat tip to Conor Tomás Reed from the Free University of NYC, here’s a roundup of events taking place in lower Manhattan and North Brooklyn.

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The Olsen Twins Art Exhibit You Never Knew You Needed Is Now a Reality

(Photo: Courtesy of THNK 1994)

(Photo: Courtesy of THNK 1994)

Congratulations, internet! That pop-up art gallery dedicated to the Ashley and Mary Kate has become a reality.

“The Olsen Twins Hiding from the Paparazzi” has gone from being a wild idea crowded-funded by Matt Harkins and Viviana Olen (the comedic duo behind the Tonya Harding and Nancy Kerrigan 1994 Museum) to becoming a real brick-and-mortar affair on Grand Street, right in the heart of Williamsburg (where else?).

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Watch Me ‘lele: There Will Be Ukuleles and All That Jazz at The Unicorn’s B-Day Bash

Delfino in front of The Unicorn (Photo: Courtesy of Jessica Delfino)

Delfino in front of The Unicorn (Photo: Courtesy of Jessica Delfino)

Ukulele alert. The Unicorn, a music school and event space on the Lower East Side, will celebrate its first anniversary this evening with a combination open house/talent show/music performance. Get ready to uke till you puke.

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East Villagers Feeling the Bern, and Hillary Too

Pure Americanah in the East Village (Photo: Luisa Rollenhagen)

Pure Americana in the East Village (Photo: Luisa Rollenhagen)

While there were major hiccups at a polling site in Williamsburg this Primary Day, things were pretty chill in the East Village, where the voters we spoke to seemed pretty split between Bernie and Hillary. (Maybe it was those Uncle Don posters, but no one seemed to want to Make America Great Again.)

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Jared Kushner’s Real Estate Company Settles With Disgruntled Tenants

118 East 4th Street (Photo: Courtesy of Streeteasy)

118 East 4th Street (Photo: Courtesy of Streeteasy)

There’s been a new development in the battle between East Village tenants and their landlord, Jared Kushner (aka Donald Trump’s son-in-law). Residents of 118 East 4th Street weren’t too pleased last time we checked in with them. After months without cooking gas and terrible garbage buildups, tenants took Kushner and his company, Westminster City Living, to housing court. Now, however, we’re told they’ve reached a settlement.

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