Since earlier this month, New Yorkers have had the opportunity to see some of Gotham’s most iconic structures reimagined as dessert — all at MCNY’s Upper East Side venue.
“We are savoring MCNY’s centennial year and celebrating the holidays with our second annual Gingerbread NYC installation,” said Stephanie Wilchfort, President of the Museum of the City of New York, in a press release. “Last year’s installation was a joy to behold (not to mention to smell). Now, we again have the sweet opportunity to highlight the special ingredient that makes New York, New York, creative people — professionals and amateurs alike — who hail from around the city.”
The show opened this past Friday.
A slate of expert judges, including Magnolia Bakery CEO Bobbie Lloyd, and Metropolitan Museum of Art curator and former National Gingerbread House Competition judge Nadine Orenstein, have already weighed in on which of the 23 contestants’ dough-based renderings rose to the top.
In what is functionally first place, though officially titled “Best overall,” there’s Bronx native Patty Pops’ abstract “Hip-Hop” installation, which is more concept than address.
Other award-winners include sugary replicas of the New York Hall of Science, the Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Arch at Brooklyn’s Grand Army Plaza, the American Natural History Museum and Staten Island’s Historic Richmond Town.
In addition to actual bakers, those responsible for engineering the gingerbread city on display at MCNY through January 15 include a social worker, an orthodontist and a molecular biologist who, despite their official professions, are passionate about pastries.
Meanwhile, downtown, in Lower Manhattan’s South Street Seaport, another gingerbread metropolis has risen: That one, from the Museum of Architecture, is named simply “The Gingerbread City” and is on view until January 7.