New York City may not appear as a bee-friendly place, but its high-rise rooftops and tiny gardens are buzzing with honeymakers threatened by pesticides in rural areas.
About 2.4 million Italian honeybees waited in a white van to be taken to their new homes. It was parked near the Dakota Apartments by Central Park, where John Lennon’s widow Yoko Ono lives.
Andrew Coté, New York City Beekeepers Association president and founder of Andrew’s Honey, drove up from Georgia to deliver the bees. The van held 200 wood and screen packages, each with about 12,000 bees. A steady stream of beekeepers lined up to pick up their three-pound packages which cost up to 205 dollars, depending on when they placed their order.
The number of urban beekeepers has grown quickly, with many hives now found on the rooftops of skyscrapers and office buildings. New York legalized beekeeping in 2010 and has hundreds of registered hives.