Are You a Beekeeper?
The bees and their keepers are coming out of hiding. Since the decade-long ban on keeping Apis mellifera, the common honeybee, was lifted in New York City two years ago, hundreds of buzzing boxes have appeared on rooftops and balconies and in backyards across the city. And this year’s unusually busy swarm season, which comes after years of a troubling decline in the worldwide honeybee population, could be a sign that the hardworking insect is making a comeback.
New York City beekeepers, we’d like you to show us your apiary and tell us a little bit about your set-up.
We’ve primed the pump with this little slide show. Jon Huang, a multimedia producer at The New York Times, whose modest Upper West Side apiary can be seen above, said he started keeping bees just to do something different. With $400 in equipment, $100 in bees and a Kindle copy of “Beekeeping for Dummies,” he became a beekeeper with “a stomach full of butterflies.”
Joe Langford, a television editor by day, keeps his hive on a rooftop in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, accessible through his kitchen window. Mr. Langford said he had to educate his neighbors and his landlord to make them comfortable with his hobby. They are “cool” with it now, he said.
If you are tending to bees in New York City, we want to see your apiary. Follow this link to send us a photo of your plain white or painted Langstroth hive and talk about what prompted you to keep bees or how much honey you are hoping to harvest this year. We will publish a selection of the best entries on City Room later this week.