Swarm of Bees Removed From Tree on Upper West Side

The swarm was found on West 72nd Street near Amsterdam Avenue

Tuesday, May 27, 2014  |  Updated 9:01 AM EDT
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The NYPD's beekeeper removes a swarm of bees from a tree on Amsterdam Avenue and West 72nd Street on the Upper West Side.

The NYPD's beekeeper removes a swarm of bees from a tree on Amsterdam Avenue and West 72nd Street on the Upper West Side.

The NYPD beekeeper was called to disassemble a swarm of bees in a tree on the Upper West Side Monday. 

The bees were in a tree on West 72nd Street near Amsterdam Avenue. A resident said he first noticed the swarm over the weekend. 

"We've been watching the bees for a couple of days now," he said. 

The NYPD's sole bee response officer -- the "beekeeper commissioner" -- arrived on the scene and safely removed the bees.

Detective Anthony Planakis says bees are actually docile in a swarm unless someone disturbs them, but he understands that someone who walks underneath one could be frightened. 

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