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#PickoftheWeek | Free pieces of GingerBread Lane on Jan. 15
You can have your cake and eat it, too!
The New York Hall of Science will dismantle this year’s GingerBread Lane and give away large pieces of it to the public on Monday, Jan. 15, from 2 pm to 5 pm. Those who are particularly excited can start lining up at the Flushing Meadows Corona Park museum at 1 pm.
GingerBread Lane is an annual scaled-down city that contains everything from houses to department stores to trees to parks. The edible urban center consists of more than 1,000 pounds of gingerbread dough, royal icing, and candy pieces (i.e. jelly beans, gum drops, lollipops, mints, toffee). The entire structure is the brainchild of The Culinary Institute of America-trained chef Jon Lovitch, who drafts, designs, bakes, constructs, and beautifies it for months before the unveiling.
GingerBread Lane was installed on Nov. 11, 2017, and thousands of museum attendees have marveled at it. However, every good thing must come to an end, so let’s eat.
Interested parties must bring a box or a bag in order to receive a piece of the display. (Flat-bottomed shopping bags and paper grocery bags are suggested.) Parts will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis until the entire municipality is gone.
The sizes of the chunks differ, but houses range from 20 inches (wide) by 15 inches (deep) by 30 inches (high) to 4 inches (wide) by 4 inches (deep) by 12 inches (high).
The exhibit celebrates and enriches the season, but it has also won the Guinness World Record as the planet’s largest gingerbread village in 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016. This year, Lovitch enhanced the experience by leading 24 workshops on creating gingerbread versions of different figures and structures.
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Top image: NYSCI; gallery images: GingerBread Lane