Museum of Ice Cream

Melt into a world of fun and flavor.

Photo by: Kaye Liautaud

Welcome to the Museum of Ice Cream in downtown New York City. This pop up exhibit features installations that are multi-sensory and provoke imagination in a space inspired by flavors and deserts. Visitors get to experience MOIC through interactive installations while tasting various flavors of ice cream throughout the exhibit. Keep scrolling for more of the joy at Museum of Ice Cream.
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Meet the men guiding the magic at MOIC. Ricardo Sanchez, a.k.a. Ricky Road, and Adam Troyer a.k.a. Red Velvet; employees of MOIC. Once you step into the Museum of Ice Cream your real name melts away and you are encouraged to choose an ice cream name for yourself. The MOIC employees prefer to be called by their ice cream names.
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No one is exempt from having an ice cream flavor for a name at MOIC. Not even celebrities. Take a look at these flavors and see which names are familiar.
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A dining hall with a table of deserts await guests at the MOIC in NYC. Don’t be fooled. The deserts are not edible. Only the trays of hazelnut, pistachio, and strawberry macarons are given for guests to eat.
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The subway room at MOIC is a recreation of the NYC train cars with an automated announcer telling visitors the name of the next stop. This room also features windows with moving graphics of the skyline, galaxy, and realistic view of the NYC subway platforms.
“A lot of curiosity and kind of confusion-excitement.” -Ricky Road, MOIC employee.
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A room of hanging bananas split into two colors. Red Velvet told me that the banana room is where adults have the most fun.
“They’ll actually run through them and have fun. When you get an adult to be a kid again, that really satisfies the purpose of the room.” -Red Velvet, MOIC employee.

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“Ice Cream is a smile.” -Red Velvet, MOIC employee.
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A rainbow hallway lit up in primary colors.
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Giant sculptures of scoop handles scooping a ball of ice cream. The textures in the sculptures are realistic and well detailed. Visitors are given a scoop of stretchy ice cream in this room.
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This giant tube slide is three stories high and takes visitors for a fast spin. Ricky Road tells me this is his favorite room in the exhibit where adults don’t know what to expect. He said after pushing five grown women, who seemed skeptical down this slide, they were all screaming in crescendo.
“I think adults are more themselves when they go down the slide.” -Ricky Road, MOIC employee.
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The sprinkle pool is the final room in the exhibit. The pool is filled with rubber multi-colored sprinkles and a bright red slide. The beach balls are the cherry on top of the sprinkle pool experience. Be sure to take off your shoes before taking a dip in the sprinkles. There is a lifeguard on duty.
Kaye

I’m an actress habituated with train delays in my favorite heels, and proud of it. I use fashion as my script. Wearing contrastive styles gives me a chance to perceive an unfamiliar character. If putting on a new pair of shoes and adding new styles to your wardrobe makes you feel more confident, then you’ll revel in my blog!

Instaworthy Exhibit Designed For Hashtags

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A life size egg carton filled with giant styrofoam eggs.

Social networking sites such as Facebook and Instagram are notorious for photo sharing and using hashtags. When it comes to getting likes for photos by using hashtags, Instagram holds the torch. The photo sharing app has even earned its own verb. “Instagramable”. Meaning that a photo is worth posting on Instagram to get plenty of likes. Society has become so reliant on getting likes on their pictures for the sake of instant gratification that they are willing to pay for it. Not just by purchasing followers.

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Ellis the Egg sleeping in her New York apartment and dreaming about success in the big city.

The Egg House is a pop up exhibit that opened in downtown NYC was meant to attract visitors with props for them to share photos and use the proper hashtags. The purpose of the hashtag is for app users to to become aware of the exhibit and purchase tickets to the exhibit.
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Ellis the Egg in her reality. A tiny plastic egg on a doll sized bed inside of a hole in the wall.

Unlike most art exhibits, The Egg House didn’t have any valuable substance. It was a venue that was literally designed for guests to take pictures for social media. The entry fee was $20. It will cost you $20 to take tacky photos in front of plastic props to get more notifications on your phone. It’s ironic that millennials in particular will spend money to go out for the sake of being able to spend more time looking at their screens.

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The hole in the wall that cost $20 to look at a plastic egg.

Photographer Adeos Yeboah told me he does not find any benefit in taking photos at meaningless exhibits that claim to be art. “I feel like that’s kind of sad. It’s not something that I would personally do but you can’t control what people want. It’s their phone.”

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Ellis the Egg on screen. I giant egg rolling around on pavement.

The colorful props do create more content for social media pages but, the digital age has a reputation for making society more narsacisstic. The idea of getting dressed up to pose for social media photos is society’s new norm that has most app users craving that instant gratification through a double tap on a screen. Purpose over popularity. Guests are unlikely to question the purpose of why they are taking photos. They will use hashtags to gain popularity for their photos by counting the number of likes. The apps on our phone screen have control over society because most people fail to recognize the purpose behind a photograph. Most of these pictures are fabricated in order to portray a false image for popularity based on numbers.

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Striped wall with furniture props for taking pictures.

Going to a cheesy “art” exhibit to take pictures for social media isn’t a crime. Charging an exorbitant amount for entry to these exhibits should be thought out more carefully before you buy tickets. Some of these exhibits can inspire people to get creative with their photo taking and editing skills. Before dropping your hard earned cash on these pop ups, make sure you are getting an experience worthwhile and not another cliche photoop to mark yourself “here” in a social media post.

Kaye

I’m an actress habituated with train delays in my favorite heels, and proud of it. I use fashion as my script. Wearing contrastive styles gives me a chance to perceive an unfamiliar character. If putting on a new pair of shoes and adding new styles to your wardrobe makes you feel more confident, then you’ll revel in my blog!

Color Factory

An inside look at NYC’s colorful haven.

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Entrance to Color Factory

Color Factory is a pop up exhibit in downtown NYC that takes visitors through rooms with different activities that are designed around color themes. Visitors get an experienc that is interactive and educational. Each room let’s you explore colors through sight, taste, sound, and touch. Keep scrolling through this photo gallery to explore more of my Color Factory experience.

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A low ceiling of streamers in various shades of the color spectrum. Visitors gather under these streamers before entering the exhibit. They are also given a piece of mochi ice cream with flavors that have colors matching the color scheme of streamers. 
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This colorful hallway has magnetic walls with pins attached. Guests can pick a round pin off the wall as a souvenir to keep. Guests are encouraged to choose a color that resonates with their mood (or any color they like) and wear it throughout their visit.
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The color of the Macaron you choose, might not be the flavor you are hoping for. CHOOSE WISELY! The flavors are unknown until you take a bite.
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Put the phone down. Sit at the station with your partner across from you. Put on the headphones provided and carefully listen to the instructions on what to draw in the circle. Exchange drawings with your partener. AWESOME! Once you’re done, please enjoy sour candy for your job well done!
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K is for Khaki. Pull on the knobs to reveal the name of the color in accordance with it’s given letter. The color description is on the reverse side.
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Take a spin on the giant color wheels. I promise, you WILL get dizzy.
Photo by Adeos Yeboah
The contrast between cool tone and warm tone colors. Red and blue are nearly opposite of each other on the color wheel. When opposites attract, take a dip inside an adult sized ball pit.
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The ball pit is an interesting shade of aquatic blue. It appears to mimic the look of an actual pool. The room strangely smelt like chlorine water (but that could probably be my weird sense of smell). This made me feel like I was really at an indoor pool party.
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Thank you for visiting Color Factory. Please exit through the colorful hallway. Don’t forget to enjoy complimentary ice cream and treats on the way out.
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Complimentary souvenirs!
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Ice cream after the ball pit.
Kaye

I’m an actress habituated with train delays in my favorite heels, and proud of it. I use fashion as my script. Wearing contrastive styles gives me a chance to perceive an unfamiliar character. If putting on a new pair of shoes and adding new styles to your wardrobe makes you feel more confident, then you’ll revel in my blog!

Pink Tax

The “WTF” moment when you realize your paying more for pink frills.

The decor at Pietro Nolita just screams how we should all feel about Pink Tax.
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A gender based pricing known as “Pink Tax”, is a surcharge toward women for the same hygiene products used by men. While floral scents and packaging colored in different shades of pink distinguish women’s hygiene products from men’s, the price tag is also a major difference. Razors, body wash, hair shampoo, and specialty sized clothing will cost women a significantly higher percentage than men. It isn’t exactly clear when Pink Tax started but chances are women have probably been charged since birth. Throughout my research I found that even identical children’s toys with similar functions are priced higher for girls than boys. This discriminatory tax is only excluded in 12 states. 

In a study of gender based pricing done by the New York City Department Of Consumer Affairs in 2015, the agency found that women pay seven percent more for similar products than men. According to the DCA, about 800 products of male and female versions were compared from two dozen New York City retailers online and in store. The study of comparing products included: children’s toys, adult personal care products, home health care products, and clothing. The DCA specifically found that girl’s toys cost seven percent more than boy’s toys, 13 percent more for personal care products, and eight percent more for clothing. 

A clear example of gender based pricing in a study done by Jezebel, which was a comparison of a children’s self-riding car being sold by the company Fisher Price. This article was surprisingly accurate. Fisher Price sold their Power Wheels Jeep Wrangler self-riding car at $206.54 for the blue Hot Wheels version for boys and the pink Barbie version for girls at $214.88. Both of the toy cars have the same functionalities. The cosmetic difference is where the consumer gets an increase in price. According to Jezebel, product marketing director at the consumer data firm Index Jenn Steele says “If you’re finding consistently that pink sippy cups are more expensive than the exact same sippy cup in blue, then the marketplace could be putting pressure on sellers to drop the prices of the blue ones more.”

Business Entertainment/ Entrepreneur/Educator, Ebonie Jackson find told me that she, like many other women, deal with Pink Tax. Jackson told me that she does notice a change a difference in taxes for things like shaving cream, razors, shampoo, and lotion. Jackson said, “The ones that are geared toward women are a lot more expensive than the ones that are geared toward men, even though they complete the same function.” Jackson told me that feminine products are essential items and are not luxury items. I’m sure plenty of women like Jackson, would agree that they shouldn’t be paying more for items that are essential.

Deal News did a comparison of men and hygiene products. In the study a woman’s razor from Walmart cost $4.49 while a man’s razor cost $4.27. Their study also showed that women’s body wash from Olay cost $0.33 per ounce while men’s body wash from Old Spice cost $0.23 per once purchased from Target. 

Jackson is also the mother of two teenagers. I wanted to know if they were ever instances where she had to refrain from buying pink packaged items when it comes to her daughter. “I have two teenagers at home. One’s a boy and one’s a girl. We all use the same stuff.” Jackson told me that her daughter wants the pretty pink stuff and the packaging but it doesn’t make sense financially.

I spoke with Brianna Daquin, a recent graduate from Stoney Brook University who says she’s always stealing her boyfriend’s razors, literally. Daquin says that she purchases her Gillette razors from Amazon to save money a broke college grad’s budget. She shares her Amazon account with her boyfriend and noticed that the cost of his razors were lowers than hers yet, they were purchased from the same company. “I feel like I use more razors than he does. Just because men can skip shaving sometimes it isn’t fair that they get to pay less than we do,” said Daquin. I wanted to know if Daquin has an alternative to paying higher prices for women’s hygiene products. She said “From now on I’m buying all my razors and body washes in the men’s section. I don’t care about smelling like a man. It actually smells better to me” she said laughing.

Pink Tax certainly feels like punishment. The crime? Being born of female gender. All women should have the freedom to live unapologetically as females. As far as the pink packaging on women’s essential items; the the Pink Tax needs to be removed without a doubt but, the packaging should still remain pink as fluff.

Kaye

I’m an actress habituated with train delays in my favorite heels, and proud of it. I use fashion as my script. Wearing contrastive styles gives me a chance to perceive an unfamiliar character. If putting on a new pair of shoes and adding new styles to your wardrobe makes you feel more confident, then you’ll revel in my blog!

Keeping it in The City

Keeping it in The City

As a New Yorker born and raised in Queens, I’m always looking for an outlet to get local news about my city. Grabbing a newspaper on my commute into the other boroughs isn’t always as convenient as having the news on my phone. The City is a non profit news site that brings direct reporting to New Yorkers. Before I even read any of the articles, I was quite impressed with their Pigeon logo. Some New Yokers are too embarrassed to admit that the Pigeon is the official bird of NYC. IT IS. The City site covers stories in all boroughs in New York. Check out the links below for some of the articles I found most interesting. These articles include NYC classrooms, subway delays, and budgets for construction.

NYC Classrooms With No A/C

https://thecity.nyc/2019/04/thousands-of-nyc-classrooms-still-dont-have-air-conditioning.html

Subway Graffiti Costs & Delays

https://thecity.nyc/2019/04/subway-graffiti-costs-and-delays-up.html

Developers Donate to Queens DA Candidate

https://thecity.nyc/2019/04/developers-back-katz-for-queens-da-despite-crackdown-vow.html

Kaye

I’m an actress habituated with train delays in my favorite heels, and proud of it. I use fashion as my script. Wearing contrastive styles gives me a chance to perceive an unfamiliar character. If putting on a new pair of shoes and adding new styles to your wardrobe makes you feel more confident, then you’ll revel in my blog!