NY chef aiming for gingerbread house world record

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Chef Jon Lovitch affixes a nutcracker figure to one of his gingerbread house creations in the GingerBread Lane display, at the New York Hall of Science, in the Queens borough of New York, Thursday, Nov. 13, 2014. Lovitch, a Manhattan chef who holds the Guinness record for creating the world's largest collection of gingerbread houses, is now going for another record, competing against himself by assembling more than 1,000 new ones. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
Some of the gingerbread house creations by Chef Jon Lovitch are displayed in his GingerBread Lane, at the New York Hall of Science, in the Queens borough of New York, Thursday, Nov. 13, 2014. Lovitch, a Manhattan chef who holds the Guinness record for creating the world's largest collection of gingerbread houses, is now going for another record, competing against himself by assembling more than 1,000 new ones. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
Chef Jon Lovitch collects some of his gingerbread house creations from his van to add to his GingerBread Lane display, at the New York Hall of Science, in the Queens borough of New York, Thursday, Nov. 13, 2014. Lovitch, a Manhattan chef who holds the Guinness record for creating the world's largest collection of gingerbread houses, is now going for another record, competing against himself by assembling more than 1,000 new ones. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
Chef Jon Lovitch uses a pastry bag of frosting as he prepares the border for his GingerBread Lane display, at the New York Hall of Science, in the Queens borough of New York, Thursday, Nov. 13, 2014. Lovitch, a Manhattan chef who holds the Guinness record for creating the world's largest collection of gingerbread houses, is now going for another record, competing against himself by assembling more than 1,000 new ones. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
Chef Jon Lovitch carries the Cinnamon & Nutmeg Railroad station, one of his gingerbread house creations, for placement in his GingerBread Lane display, at the New York Hall of Science, in the Queens borough of New York, Thursday, Nov. 13, 2014. Lovitch, a Manhattan chef who holds the Guinness record for creating the world's largest collection of gingerbread houses, is now going for another record, competing against himself by assembling more than 1,000 new ones. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
Some of the gingerbread house creations by Chef Jon Lovitch are displayed in his GingerBread Lane, at the New York Hall of Science, in the Queens borough of New York, Thursday, Nov. 13, 2014. Lovitch, a Manhattan chef who holds the Guinness record for creating the world's largest collection of gingerbread houses, is now going for another record, competing against himself by assembling more than 1,000 new ones. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
Chef Jon Lovitch carries some of his gingerbread house creations for the GingerBread Lane display, at the New York Hall of Science, in the Queens borough of New York, Thursday, Nov. 13, 2014. Lovitch, a Manhattan chef who holds the Guinness record for creating the world's largest collection of gingerbread houses, is now going for another record, competing against himself by assembling more than 1,000 new ones. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
Chef Jon Lovitch applies frosting from a pastry bag to the legs of a nutcracker figure for his GingerBread Lane display, at the New York Hall of Science, in the Queens borough of New York, Thursday, Nov. 13, 2014. Lovitch, a Manhattan chef who holds the Guinness record for creating the world's largest collection of gingerbread houses, is now going for another record, competing against himself by assembling more than 1,000 new ones. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
Chef Jon Lovitch places one of his gingerbread house creations in the GingerBread Lane display, at the New York Hall of Science, in the Queens borough of New York, Thursday, Nov. 13, 2014. Lovitch, a Manhattan chef who holds the Guinness record for creating the world's largest collection of gingerbread houses, is now going for another record, competing against himself by assembling more than 1,000 new ones. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
Chef Jon Lovitch affixes a piece of candy to the border of his GingerBread Lane display, at the New York Hall of Science, in the Queens borough of New York, Thursday, Nov. 13, 2014. Lovitch, a Manhattan chef who holds the Guinness record for creating the world's largest collection of gingerbread houses, is now going for another record, competing against himself by assembling more than 1,000 new ones. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
Some of the gingerbread house creations by Chef Jon Lovitch are displayed in his GingerBread Lane, at the New York Hall of Science, in the Queens borough of New York, Thursday, Nov. 13, 2014. Lovitch, a Manhattan chef who holds the Guinness record for creating the world's largest collection of gingerbread houses, is now going for another record, competing against himself by assembling more than 1,000 new ones. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
Chef and GingerBread Lane creator Jon Lovitch repairs one of the gingerbread houses of his annual showpiece, in the New York Hall of Science, in the Queens borough of New York, Thursday, Dec. 12, 2013. The 1.5-ton, 300-square-foot village that is made entirely of edible gingerbread, royal icing, and candy, has been acknowledged as the largest gingerbread village in the world by the 2014 Guinness World Records. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
Chef and GingerBread Lane creator Jon Lovitch applies frosting to one of the gingerbread houses of his annual showpiece, in the New York Hall of Science, in the Queens borough of New York, Thursday, Dec. 12, 2013. The 1.5-ton, 300-square-foot village that is made entirely of edible gingerbread, royal icing, and candy, has been acknowledged as the largest gingerbread village in the world by the 2014 Guinness World Records. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
A gingerbread house of the White House, complete with dogs Sunny and Bo, is part of the holiday decorations in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2013. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
Student chef Chris Mitchell puts the finishing touches on his gingerbread house at the Culinary Institute of America, Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013, in St. Helena, Calif. A group of students were making the houses that will be displayed in the windows of local stores for the holidays. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)
This Nov. 30, 2012 photo shows a gingerbread creation from Rolling Pin Productions "Loch Ness and the Urquhart Castle in Scotland," in the lobby area of Le Parker Meridien hotel in New York. The landmark-inspired creation is being exhibited with other over-the-top gingerbread houses from city chefs in the annual display to benefit City Harvest, a food rescue organization for feeding the needy. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)
This Nov. 27, 2013 image provided by the Sheraton Princess Kaiulani Hotel shows a gingerbread creation depicting the famous Opera House in Sydney, Australia on display in Honolulu, Hawaii . The gingerbread Opera House is part of a village of gingerbread depictions of famous landmarks around the world like the Eiffel Tower and the Washington Monument. The gingerbread replicas were created by the hotel’s chef, Ralf Bauer, and his team, for the Christmas holidays. (AP Photo/Sheraton Princess Kaiulani Hotel)
This Nov. 30, 2012 photo shows "Toji Tower," a gingerbread creation from Kyotufo, on display in the lobby area of Le Parker Meridien hotel in New York. The landmark-inspired creation is being exhibited with other over-the-top gingerbread houses from city restaurants in the annual display to benefit City Harvest, a food rescue organization for feeding the needy. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)
This Nov. 30, 2012 photo shows"The Sphinx," a gingerbread creation from North End Grill, on display in the lobby area of Le Parker Meridien hotel in New York. The landmark-inspired creation is being exhibited with other over-the-top gingerbread houses from city restaurants in the annual display to benefit City Harvest, a food rescue organization for feeding the needy. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)
This Nov. 30, 2012 photo shows Emile Castillo, center, an executive chef at Le Parker Meridien hotel, standing by his gingerbread creation "The Hurri-CANE" at his hotel in New York. The landmark-inspired creation of a toppled hi-rise crane from hurricane Sandy, is being exhibited in the hotel's lobby with other over-the-top gingerbread houses from city restaurants. The annual display will benefit City Harvest, a food rescue organization for feeding the needy. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)
This Nov. 30, 2012 photo shows "Chichen Itza," a gingerbread creation from Butterfly Bakeshop, displayed in the lobby area of Le Parker Meridien hotel in New York. The landmark-inspired creation is being exhibited with other over-the-top gingerbread houses from city restaurants in the annual display to benefit City Harvest, a food rescue organization for feeding the needy. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)
The White House vegetable garden is replicated as part of the nearly 300-pound gingerbread house of the White House, on display in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2012. The theme for the White House Christmas 2012 is Joy to All. The White House gingerbread house has been a tradition since the 1960s. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
Doran Fernandez, 5, drops sprinkles on a gingerbread house he made with gingerbread and supplies brought by Michael Gottlieb, executive chef at Ralph Brennan's Redfish Grill, and his restaurant staff, as they visit the Children's Hospital of New Orleans, in New Orleans, Monday, Dec. 19, 2011. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
IMAGE DISTRIBUTED FOR GREAT WOLF LODGE - Carter Oosterhouse works on a taillight for a giant gingerbread sleigh at the Great Wolf Lodge in Traverse City, MI. on Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2012. The sleigh will be displayed with a huge gingerbread house at the water park and lodge. (John L. Russell/AP Images for the Great Wolf Lodge)
Averie Mauck, 2, gets some help from her brother Matthew Mauck, 7, as she makes a gingerbread house with gingerbread and supplies brought by Michael Gottlieb, executive chef at Ralph Brennan's Redfish Grill, and his restaurant staff, as they visit the Children's Hospital of New Orleans, in New Orleans, Monday, Dec. 19, 2011. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
Bo, the Obama family pet, is replicated on the nearly 300-pound gingerbread house of the White House on display in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2012. The theme for the White House Christmas 2012 is Joy to All. The White House gingerbread house has been a tradition since the 1960s. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
Michael Gottlieb, executive chef at Ralph Brennan's Redfish Grill, helps Elias Paguada, 4, make a gingerbread house with supplies he and his staff brought during a visit the Children's Hospital of New Orleans, in New Orleans, Monday, Dec. 19, 2011. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
A woman walks through a 22-foot high gingerbread house in the lobby of the Fairmont Hotel in San Francisco, Thursday, Dec. 2, 2010. The gingerbread house was made with 5500 pieces of gingerbread, 850 pounds of icing, 425 pounds of candy and eight gallons of chocolate. Each day chefs have to make repairs to the holiday creation since some people often break off pieces of the house. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)
Executive chef J.W. Foster adds icing to the interior of a 22-foot high gingerbread house in the lobby of the Fairmont Hotel in San Francisco, Thursday, Dec. 2, 2010. The gingerbread house was made with 5500 pieces of gingerbread, 850 pounds of icing, 425 pounds of candy and eight gallons of chocolate. Each day chefs have to make repairs to the holiday creation since some people often break off pieces of the house. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)
A replica White House beehive and vegetable garden are seen next to the 2010 White Chocolate Gingerbread House is displayed in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2010. The theme for the White House Christmas 2010 is "Simple Gifts". (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
Jayden Ann Marie Warren, 4, makes a gingerbread house with her father Ryan Warren by using the gingerbread and supplies brought by Michael Gottlieb, executive chef at Ralph Brennan's Redfish Grill, and his restaurant staff, as they visit the Children's Hospital of New Orleans, in New Orleans, Monday, Dec. 19, 2011. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
FILE-This dec. 1, 2009 file photo shows Orli Rose, age 4, looking at "Sweetride" a model subway car by the Buttercup Bakery, part of the gingerbread house display at New York's Le Parker Meridien Hotel. Visitors can vote for their favorite creation with proceeds going to benefit City Harvest. (AP Photo/Richard Drew,File)
FILE-This Dec. 1, 2009 file photo shows a mirror reflecting the opposite side of "Chrysler Building," by Soutine Bakery, part of the gingerbread house display at New York's Le Parker Meridien Hotel. (AP Photo/Richard Drew,File)
People refelcted in a mirror look at "Three Little Pigs Manhattan Holiday" by Billy's Bakery, part of the gingerbread house display at New York's Le Parker Meridien Hotel, Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2009. Visitors can vote for their favorite creation with proceeds going to benefit City Harvest. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
A woman pauses to sniff "Grand Central Terminal" by the Magnolia Bakery, part of the gingerbread house display at New York's Le Parker Meridien Hotel, Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2009. Visitors can vote for their favorite creation with proceeds going to benefit City Harvest. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
Executive Sous Chef Derek Ingraham paints a ceiling with chocolate sprinkled icing inside a two-story gingerbread house that will adorn the lobby of The Fairmont Hotel this holiday season in San Francisco, Monday, Nov. 23, 2009. The gingerbread house, which is taking a week to construct, is made from 4,000 pieces of gingerbread, 400 pounds of royal icing, 100 pounds of candy, and eight gallons of chocolate. The 19-foot-high gingerbread structure also houses a room where children can write letters to Santa.(AP Photo/Eric Risberg)
Executive Sous Chef Derek Ingraham applies icing to a winter scene inside a two-story gingerbread house that will adorn the lobby of The Fairmont Hotel this holiday season in San Francisco, Monday, Nov. 23, 2009. The gingerbread house, which is taking a week to construct and will open Saturday, is made from 4,000 pieces of gingerbread, 400 pounds of royal icing, 100 pounds of candy, and eight gallons of chocolate. The 19-foot-high gingerbread structure also houses a room where children can write letters to Santa. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)
A man reflected in a mirror looks at "Season's Greetings, The View from Grand Street," part of the gingerbread house display at New York's Le Parker Meridien Hotel, Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2009. Visitors can vote for their favorite creation with proceeds going to benefit City Harvest. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
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NEW YORK (AP) - Special materials are going into the most colorful New York real estate development: 3,550 pounds of royal icing, 700 pounds of candy and 600 pounds of dough.

That's what Manhattan chef Jon Lovitch needs to build a gingerbread village complete with houses, trees, a skating rink, a hotel and even an underground subway station.

Lovitch holds the Guinness record for the world's largest collection of gingerbread houses. And he's now going for another record - competing against himself by assembling 1,020 new ones before Thanksgiving.

He's been busy building since January at his Bronx home, where "the kitchen and dining room look like Betty Crocker came in and went psychedelic," he said, laughing. "It's pretty insane."

On Thursday, he was at the New York Hall of Science in the Queens section of the city expanding the 2.5-ton, 480-square-foot village he designed, baked and built.

"I'm challenging myself, but I'd welcome other challenges if someone else in the world is doing this!" the chef said as he carried an armful of houses to add to the saccharine property he calls GingerBread Lane.

He transports the fragile items in his car trunk, on their sides and cushioned on a blanket.

Lovitch was recognized by the 2014 Guinness World Records for last year's production - 157 houses. So far this year, he's made 900.

The public will get a first look at the village on Friday, displayed on a circular platform under a skylight that brings sunny weather to the uninhabited community.

"My village is designed to look like 'the night before Christmas, when all through the house, not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse," he recited, quoting Clement Clarke Moore's famed children's poem, "A Visit from St. Nicholas."

A plexiglass barrier will keep children's fingers away from the enticing clusters of gingerbread architecture.

Independent inspectors are to evaluate it and report to Guinness.

To be eligible, every ingredient must be edible. But the zany lineup doesn't come with a nutrition label because it's not meant to be eaten.

The nearly 5,000 pounds of self-funded ingredients could fill a truck. Lovitch buys them wherever they're cheapest. At $1.19 a pound, sugar in Pennsylvania beats the $2.29 he encountered in New York.

He's not paid for what he calls his "passion." Now 38, he made his first house when he was - well, a sweet 16.

Lovitch earns his living as executive chef at Manhattan's famed Algonquin Hotel where Dorothy Parker once ruled over her literary Round Table. Lovitch is planning the hotel's Thanksgiving menu, with 60 of his gingerbread houses for decoration.

GingerBread Lane will be dismantled on Jan. 11 and given away on a first-come, first-served basis, plus to children with special needs.

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12 Days Christmas Advent Tree is just so much fun and I love the idea of the different gifts.

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Red and Green Christmas Tree I love the colors.

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Let it Snow Tree I love that it has a airy feel to it.

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Black, White and Silver Tree classic colors that will never go out of style

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Let it Snow love all the glitter in this tree

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Happy Holidays Tree, I love the woodsie feel of this tree

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Peppermint and Snow Tree I love this classic feel of the red and white

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Dr Seuss Tree, love this fun idea

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Burlap Christmas Tree, love the rustic feel

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Rustic Woodland Tree, I love the rustic but also the white pops adds a fun element

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Happy Holiday Tree I love the garland in this tree

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Peace on Earth Tree, I am a sucker for the gold…. and I always love Mallory’s House

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With all this in mind tomorrow I am going to try and pick up a few things to get my holiday decor started.

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