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Replica gingerbread houses from New York can now be seen in a downtown museum

This overpriced rat race in the city sure looks a lot less dirty and aggressive when it’s made out of dessert.

The Museum of the City of New York in East Harlem gave the boroughs a sweet makeover this holiday season, commissioning bakers from across the city to recreate the town using gingerbread as part of their “Great Borough Bake.”

Entries to the museum’s “First Gingerbread Competition” feature delicious replicas of all five boroughs, with each candy creation on display winning a prize.

Bruno’s Bakery, the only Staten Island nominee, won most intricate and representative for its Staten Island Little Ferry, Treescape and Snug Harbor recreation. Edigio Patisserie in the Bronx won the “cutest” award for its version of its own building. Amateur baker Sherry Kozlowski won best overall for her calorie-dense approach to her Astoria block, complete with fondant storefronts and bubblegum apartments. Queens’ Sans Bakery has chosen to build a much more iconic corner of the borough with its rendition of a giant, out-of-scale 7 train next to a frosted Silvercup Studios sign. Brooklyn bakery L’Appartement 4F has incorporated its popular mini croissant into an edible image of a brownstone building.

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Review of Baker’s Lower East Side by John Kuehn.
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Submitted by Bronx-based Egidio Patisserie.
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Participating photographer Ida Kreutzer.
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A cute recreation of Bruno’s Bakery on the Staten Island Ferry.
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A gingerbread miniature by amateur baker Sherry Kozlowski, of her Queens block.
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An extravagant replica of Queens from Sans Bakery.
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L’Appartement 4F contender in icy brownstone.
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Judges include an array of local sweet treat experts, including Magnolia Bakery CEO Bobbie Lloyd, Amy’s Bread founder Amy Scherber — and Melba Wilson, owner of Melba’s in Harlem.

While photos may be adorable, the full gingerbread experience requires seeing it in person, says Jonah Nye, contest judge and semifinalist on NBC’s “Baking It.”

“The minute you walk into the room, it hits you,” Nye told Hiperallergic of the signature sweet scent of the room that currently houses the seven gingerbread creations. “You can’t really appreciate the work or its size until you see it up close.”

The exhibition is open until January 8, 2023.

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