The sounds of Gotham: a shriek of a siren; the blare of a taxi horn; the screech of the subway car; the buzzing of a bee in your ear?
The cacophony that reflects the many moving parts of New York City has gotten a bit louder recently with the re-emergence of urban beekeeping. Since March 2010, man-made hives have been taking roost on rooftops, balconies and gardens throughout the five boroughs. Additionally, local honey stands have become a staple in the many farmers markets that pop up throughout the city.
“There has never been urban beekeeping in New York at this level. The exponential growth, it’s unparalleled," says Andrew Coté, Founding Director of the New York City Beekeepers Association.
This is all happening after an 11 year ban on beekeeping was finally lifted. "That period is what us beekeepers called 'the bitter years,'" says Coté.