NYC may have run out of brownstone but that doesn't mean we can't substitute it with something more abundant and certainly more delicious - gingerbread! Meticulously crafted to have all the charm of the real thing, "Gingerbread Brooklyn" is an entire block of edible brownstone and other kinds of homes baked up by chef Renee Baumann and friends to be auctioned off to benefit City Harvest. We recently had the pleasure of visiting this miniature architectural wonder at 61 Local and were enchanted by its details - from sugar-glass windows that really light up to tiny fire escapes made of spicy cookie. Click through our gallery to see them all for yourself.
Gingerbread Brooklyn was dreamed up by Ms. Baumann as a way to raise money for City Harvest while doing what she loves best – baking. Renee is no stranger to cookie architecture. Last year, she created a single gingerbread brownstone which was so well-received that she decided to attempt an entire block of edible homes this year.
Don’t forget to click through our gallery to see all of the miniature wonders Gingerbread Brooklyn holds, or go see it for yourself at 61 Local in, of course, Brooklyn. If you’re interested in making your own version (perhaps a Gingerbread Queens?), check out Renee’s DIY tutorial here.
Photos © Yuka Yoneda