Brooklyn Buzzing With Amateur Beekeepers


This weekend the Times ran a piece on urban beekeeping, which is illegal in more or less the same way jaywalking is. The practice is increasingly popular in Brooklyn, according to the story, which profiled a guy named Barry who has hives on the roof of his brownstone in Clinton Hill. Barry was persuaded to set up the hives by his friend Amy Azzarito who attended a honey harvest on the Lower East Side last summer. Ms. Azzarito joins Barry several times a month to visit the 40,000 or so bees on his roof. So far, there've been a few stings but their enthusiasm has not waned. "It’s so different from my subway ride," Ms. Azzarito said. "It’s so different from sitting in a cubicle every day."
Photo by lunakat.

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