Visions of Sugarplums

Visions of Sugarplums

This time of year, New York City abounds in holiday displays. One of the sweetest (and I mean that literally) is currently on view in the lobby of Le Parker Meridien hotel. Dubbed the Gingerbread Extravaganza, it's an exhibit of elaborate gingerbread houses created by restaurants and bakeries around town. The theme for this year (it's an annual display, sponsored by City Harvest, a nonprofit that helps the hungry) is "quintessential New York", and that translated to clever culinary minds into a range of ingenious scenes and iconic sights, from the Empire State Building to Coney Island:

A cookie Coney Island by Rolling Pin Productions with Aperitivo Restaurant, Brooklyn

There are seven houses exhibited in the hotel, and several more scattered in participating restaurants around town (for a complete list, see giving.cityharvest.org/gingerbread-voting). You can vote for your favorite there, too, or at the hotel. But don't even think about nibbling. Leave the houses for others to enjoy. 

<< Gingerbread Extravangza, Le Parker Meridien, 119 W. 56th St., 212.245.5000, thru Jan. 6