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Massive Gingerbread Village Returns to Queens Bigger and Better

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It's an amazing feat of concentration and confection. This holiday season at the New York Hall of Science, you can see gingerbread history being made. NY1's Stephanie Simon filed a report.

During the holidays, it's the icing on the cake, or should I say the frosting on the cookie. Chef Jon Lovich's Gingerbread Lane is back at the New York Hall of Science and this year it’s bigger and better.

"You got about 3,600 pounds of royal icing in here and then there's 700 pounds of candy, which come from 11 different countries. People just send me stuff all the time, and then there's 600 pounds of actual gingerbread dough,” said Lovitch.

Suprsingly, Lovitch says he is not a candy guy. Many years he ago he lost a gingerbread house competition, so he's been making up for that ever since.

Last year, Guinness World Records officially recognized his 157-building gingerbread village as the largest in the world. This year, he hopes to top 1,000 buildings.

"It's really fun to be able to say I personally did something and created something that touches the lives of literally millions because I get correspondence from around the world as a result of this,” said Lovitch.

Lovitch does all the work out of his Bronx apartment and he's still finishing the last 100 or so. By day he's a chef at the Algonguin Hotel and this year he's making gingerbread houses for the Algonquin and the Brooklyn Bridge Mariott Hotel. And right after New Year’s, he'll start work on next year's houses.

Stephanie Simon: If were to petition you we could somehow get into the village next year?
Lovitch: Yeah, if you guys at NY1 at want to pony up massive amounts of candy canes and peppermints for next year we can talk we can definitely do something next year. Absolutely.
Simon: We definitely need NY1 represented in the village.
Lovitch: I would agree.

Of course the biggest fans are the kids:

"I want to want to eat all of them!” said one young attendee.

And actually you don't have to run, run, run just as fast as you can to catch the gingerbread man or at least his creations. The Gingerbread village is at the New York Hall of Science through January 11. ClientIP:, UserAgent: CCBot/2.0 ( Profile: TWCSAMLSP