Phillips Taps Into A New Urban Hobby: Beekeeping
A sexy new beehive design brings an ancient craft into the 21st century.
Urban beekeeping has quickly risen as a productive hobby for New Yorkers ever since the Board of Health reversed a longstanding ban on tending honeybees in the city limits back in March 2010. Until then, beekeepers were hiding their hives by disguising them as air conditioners or sealing them inside their apartments with a tube leading outside.
The love of the swarm has even led to a fight. When Hurricane Irene hit the New York area in August, it imperiled a large beehive in Fort Greene Park, Brooklyn when it destroyed the hive’s host tree. News spread quickly across the city’s beekeeper communities via Facebook and Twitter, with the two main beekeeping groups squaring off over who could claim the 30-40,000 strong feral hive. The police’s resident beekeeper, Tony Bees of the N.Y.P.D., had to be called it to help settle the dispute.