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Sweet Havemeyer Street!

Contests, live music and “an army of civic bakers” kicked tooth along the famed Williamsburg roadway, igniting a day of scrumptious thrills and frills at the City Reliquary’s inaugural “Havemeyer Sugar-Sweets Bake Festival” fundraiser.

Mom, dad and the kids headed for the two-block stretch, between Grand Street and Metropolitan Avenue, where they enjoyed an afternoon of sweet and savory treats %u2013 including cakes, cookies, brownies, pies and other delectable eatables %u2013 plus helped raise money for the quaint “window museum” 370 Metropolitan Avenue, which prides itself on showing off “the uniqueness of the Brooklyn you call home” with thoughtfully arranged artifacts of New York City’s rich history; among them, architectural remnants of city buildings, memorabilia from the Statue of Liberty, a geological showcase of New York’s underground composition and an exhibit from the 1939 World’s Fair.

Local gourmands plied their talents for bragging rights in tempting tourneys, ranging from “Best Chocolate Chip Cookie” and “Best Black & White Cookie” to “Best Pie” and “Best Cupcake,” while a play-dough demonstration, a history lesson on sugar in Brooklyn and a baking trip down memory lane lured the curious.

In 1857, William Havemeyer and Frederick C. Havemeyer established Havemeyer, Townsend and Company, an immense sugar refinery on 1st Street, between South 3rd and South 4th streets, where parcels of undeveloped land, a deep-water harbor and cheap labor drew other refineries.

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