Forget gingerbread house(s). Brooklynite Renee Bauman finds the “million gaudy little gumdrop-studded gingerbread cottages” weak. So she built a more fitting tribute to her adopted hometown instead. She had help from a group of volunteers in replicating an entire city block.

If you’re wondering where she got the swag to crank this holiday tradition up to 11, well, Bauman attended both architecture school and pastry school. And as much as she didn’t want to combine, she was able to reconcile her discomfort in the spirit of holiday cheer.

If you want to make your own gingerbread brownstone or block, Bauman provides detailed instructions complete with pictures on her blog. She also details gingerbread construction basics and the design template for the gingerbread block. If you just happen to be in the NY neighborhood, Bauman’s gingerbread block is on view at 61 Local in Cobble Hill.

[via Cooking Channel TV]