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Le Parker Meridien hosts Gingerbread Extravaganza (slide show)

See familiar New York City landmarks in gingerbread form at the Le Parker Meridien hotel in midtown.

  • Photograph: Robert Buchan

    Gingerbread House at Le Parker Meridien

  • Photograph: Robert Buchan

    Gingerbread House at Le Parker Meridien

  • Photograph: Robert Buchan

    Gingerbread House at Le Parker Meridien

  • Photograph: Robert Buchan

    Gingerbread House at Le Parker Meridien

  • Photograph: Robert Buchan

    Gingerbread House at Le Parker Meridien

  • Photograph: Robert Buchan

    Gingerbread House at Le Parker Meridien

  • Photograph: Robert Buchan

    Gingerbread House at Le Parker Meridien

  • Photograph: Robert Buchan

    Gingerbread House at Le Parker Meridien

Photograph: Robert Buchan

Gingerbread House at Le Parker Meridien


A display of miniature gingerbread houses is sure to tempt sweet-toothed families who pass through the lobby of Midtown's Le Parker Meridien to see the hotel's fifth annual Gingerbread Extravaganza. (The display will be up through January 6.) In the spirit of this years' theme, "Quintessential New York," local bakeries and pastry chefs modeled their sugary structures after iconic Gotham landmarks including the Empire State Building, the Chrysler Building and the LOVE sculpture.

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While the display is free to look at, visitors can pay a small fee ($1 each) to vote for the most creative confection of the year, or cast their vote online at the City Harvest website. Butterfly Bakeshop, Cupcake Café and Baked Ideas are just a few of the bakeries in the running this year. Those who purchase tickets to vote will also be entered to win a five-night stay at the Parker Palm Springs. All proceeds from ticket sales will go to City Harvest to help feed hungry New Yorkers. Although the houses are for viewing only (no nibbles allowed!), spectators can sip on white hot chocolate with gingerbread spice at Knave, the hotel's espresso bar, or visit other participating locations around the city for gingerbread inspired treats including milkshakes (Burger Joint), scones (Beauty & Essex) and macarons (FP Patisserie) to get a sweet fix and help boost donations. Your crew can keep the gingerbread theme going by paying a visit to the New York Hall of Science to see their 300-square-foot village made entirely of edible gingerbread (up through January 12).

Gingerbread Extravaganza is on display at the Le Parker Meridien through January 6.


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