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Bees thrive in pesticide free New York City

Bustling New York City may not seem 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 early Friday. It was parked near the Dakota Apartments by Central Park, where John Lennon’s widow Yoko Ono has lived since 1973.

“This is the first year that we’ve done this outside The Dakota,” said Andrew Coté, president of the New York City Beekeepers Association. “We heard that Yoko likes honey.”

Coté, who founded 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 3 lb packages which cost $159 or $205, depending on when they placed their order.

“Bees are sold by weight, like cheese,” he said.

Some buyers stuffed the packages in bags, while Ray Sage strapped two boxes of bees to his bicycle to ride to his hive on the Lower East Side.

“I have to just ride really slowly and carefully. Sometimes I think of it as I’m training to be Danish and I never become Danish,” he said.

The number of urban beekeepers has grown quickly, with many hives now found on the rooftops of skyscrapers and office buildings, Cote said. New York legalized beekeeping in 2010 and has hundreds of registered hives, according to the Department of Health.


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03. Mai 2023

With the reduction of pesticides, the bee population in New York City has thrived. Bees play a crucial role in the ecosystem, and their contribution to pollination is essential for the survival of many plants and crops.

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16. Feb. 2023

When you think of New York City, thoughts of busy streets and towering skyscrapers come to mind. But what many may not know is that the city is also home to a thriving population of bees.

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15. Dez. 2022

Bees are important pollinators and are crucial in the overall production of crops. In New York City, bee populations have thrived in areas without the use of pesticides.

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09. Nov. 2022

Bees in New York City thrive in a pesticide-free environment. New York City has banned the use of pesticides in public parks, making it one of the most pesticide-free cities in the United States. This has allowed honey bees to thrive and create a valuable pollination service.

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