‘It’s a New York Celebration’ in Gingerbread Houses

EAST HARLEM, Manhattan (PIX11) – These gingerbread houses look good enough to eat, but don’t you dare.

They are innovative and beautiful creations from amateur and professional bakers who compete in the Gingerbread NYC exhibit, the district’s great bakery here at the Museum of the City of New York.

Just look at the intricately detailed gingerbread house scene from Egidio’s Bakery just off Arthur Avenue in the Bronx.

Hershey Kisses and M&M’s, mint sticks and Italian Christmas tree cookies. very delicious.

Or how about this gingerbread house version of the Staten Island Ferry, designed by Bruno’s Bakery with these cozy harbor houses or Clove Lakes Park?

Queens is well represented here by Long Island City’s Sans Bakery.

Owner Erica Fair created this No. 7 train in silver-gray frosting, and the silver cup study looks so royal.

Baker Sherry Kozlowski got Best Overall Award for creating this block in Astoria in Gingerbread…including the Astoria books.

“When you walk in, you spell gingerbread and candy. It just makes me hungry,” Whitney Donhauser, CEO and director of the Museum of the City of New York, told PIX11 News. But nothing to eat. It’s a great celebration of New York,” she added.

The top prize-winning creation is the work of a licensed architect turned baker.

John Kuehn created the Flat Iron Building, the Met Life Building, and several other architectural gems that wrap around Madison Square Park to the Shake Shack.

“The top is fondant frosting, the hills are Rice Krispies, and the paths are made of graham crackers,” John Kuehn, winning baker, told PIX11 News. “Sweets and frosting. It’s Candyland, really,” he added.

And let’s not forget these two Brooklyn gems. Ida Kreutzer’s Gingerbread Brownstones and the now super popular and in-demand bakery of L’appartement 4F, known for its tiny handmade croissants.

Museum visitors were ready to eat it all up. “It smells delicious. It’s creative and innovative,” Gerry Clarke, a museum visitor, told PIX11 News. “It’s a nice thing to do on vacation,” he added.

To learn more about this gingerbread exhibit and the gingerbread classes, visit the museum’s website at mcny.org.

The exhibition will run until January 8, 2023.

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