Did you know this past week September 8-14 was honey week all over New York City?
Honey Week NYC September 2014
Did you know that there is a thriving and happy bee community atop the landmark hotel Waldorf Astoria on Manhattan’s east side?
The guests of the Waldorf enjoy delicious NYC honey from the hives atop this historic building.
This was not always the case. Bee hives were banned in New York City until 2010. Before 2010 bees were on the dangerous animal list alongside tigers!
It’s believed that bees came to the United States with Dutch settlers.
Bees were so plentiful with colonial setters that Native Americans nick named the honey bee “the white man’s fly”.
Sensibly New York City under Mayor Mike Bloomberg lifted the bee ban and now bees and bee hives legally flourish in NYC!
In addition to the famous hives atop the Waldorf Astoria there are hundred of hives around all the boroughs of New York City and there is a New York City BeeKeepers Association that shares bee information for keepers of bees and bee enthusiasts!
New York City Beekeepers Association
According to Guillermo Fernanadez in a Huffington Post article from 9/4/2014 ” one in three bites of food we eat is pollinated by bees”. Who knew?
Huffington Post Article NYC Bees 9/2012
By all accounts honey bees are faring well in NYC. According to Andrew one of the bee keepers for the Waldorf in a Daily Beast Interview in 8/3/13 for the bees “living near Central Park is a smorgasboard.”
Waldorf Astoria Bees Article Daily Beast 8/2013
Ah , for the life of a Waldorf Astoria honey bee!