Monday, June 29, 2009

Local Honey Producers Relocate to Connecticut

Photo (New York Post): David Yassky, Scott Stringer (I'm wearing a yellow shirt -- upper right)

Today's New York Post and Newsday feature more Buzz on honey bees in NYC and the City Hall Rally organized by Just Food's Nadia Johnson and Jacquie Berger on June 23rd!

Another headline might have read:

10,000 Upper East Side honey producers

leave New York City due to health code.

City officials fight to get jobs back.


New York Post


June 29, 2009


"The "Bee" train roared down Lexington Avenue yesterday, sending startled Upper East Siders scurrying for cover.

Some 8,000 to 10,000 honeybees had surreptitiously moved into the neighborhood sometime in the past month and managed to build a giant hive in a tree between 80th and 81st streets without anyone noticing.

The queen decided to bust out at around 4 p.m., and flew south for a half-block before returning home.

She was followed dutifully on her outing by all of her subjects.

"It was a three foot column of bees," said Doug Becker, 40.

Police Officer Anthony Planakis, the NYPD's resident beekeeper for 30 years, said it was "one of the biggest swarms I've ever seen."

He took all the bees into custody as a crowd of onlookers applauded, and said he'd bring them "to a farm in Connecticut to pollinate."

This bees got loose only days after a swarm of amateur beekeepers buzzed around City Hall in support of a bill to legalize their hobby."


"8,000 bees go sightseeing in NYC, June 29, 2009

An urban bee-wrangler says a swarm of at least 8,000 honeybees will be getting a new home after causing a buzz of excitement on Manhattan's Upper East Side.

Onlookers applauded as the New York Police Department's beekeeper, Officer Anthony Planakis, corralled the huge swarm Sunday on Lexington Avenue.

The bees had built a giant hive in a tree. When the queen went sightseeing, the entire swarm followed.

Onlooker Doug Becker described "a 3 foot column of bees."

The tour group proceeded half a block before buzzing back to the hive.

Planakis said the bees would be taken "to a farm in Connecticut to pollinate."

Last week, bee enthusiasts gathered on the steps of City Hall to push a bill that would legalize beekeeping in New York City."

1 comment:

Sophie said...

Well I'll bee! (Sorry--couldn't resist.)

As a resident of the Nutmeg State (CT), let me be the first to welcome the bees to their new home. Live long and prosper!