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See Photos of the Gingerbread Extravaganza at Le Parker Meridien

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Lincoln Memorial by Baked Ideas

If you want to check out some serious architectural feats that you’d love nothing more than to take a fork and knife to, bundle up and mosey on over to lobby of the luxurious Le Parker Meridien Hotel (119 W 56th Street). From now until January 3, you can gawk at their annual display of gingerbread creations, featuring the creative talents of local bakeries and restaurants who were challenged with representing a global landmark.

These displays are a far cry from the amateur project of assembling cracked sugar paste and melting gumdrops atop a lopsided roof. Instead you’ll find an impeccably detailed Abe Lincoln donning blue cookie earmuffs and an NYC street scene called “Candy-Crane,” which pays homage to the ominous 57th Street crane ravaged by Hurricane Sandy. Worthy of a visit is the Sphinx made by Rolling Pin Productions–the iconic lion-pharaoh statue sits within a sandy desert of gingerbread crumbs. While the exhibit is free, visitors can vote for their favorite creation by buying one ticket for $1 or eight tickets for $5 and a chance to win a five-night stay at Le Parker Meridien’s hotel in Palm Springs. All proceeds benefit City Harvest.

The Sphinx by Rolling Pin Productions with Aperitivo Restaurant, Brooklyn

Toji Tower by Kyotofu

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Chichen Itza by Butterfly Bakeshop

Hurri-CRANE by Norma’s

Loch Ness and The Urquhart Castle by North End Grill

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