Beekeeping in NYC is illegal!

United States
March 22, 2010 11:25am CST
I saw this article and I had to chuckle! http://www.nytimes.com/2010/03/15/science/earth/15bees.html I don't think there's anything wrong with it. Maybe have some basic restrictions so people would not be stung or put in the harms way of the hives like the mail carrier (or require them to get a po box). But in recent years with all the problems that bees have with surviving why not give them an opportunity to live happily in a big city? I'm sure there has to be more to NYC than a concrete jungle.
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• United States
22 Mar 10
usually when you see a law like that anywhere in the old north,there's a reason for it(a.k.a somebody did something stupid).that's why my state has laws banning pigs crossing train tracks. but yea,they probably need to review the law by now.
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• United States
22 Mar 10
Hmm.... pig banned from crossing train tracks? Cause it's a messy clean up if the train makes bacon out of the pigs? I'm sure there are plenty of odd ball laws that need to go.
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• United States
23 Mar 10
yup,flying bacon LOL funny thing is,there's a contrasting law-no livestock in town-which pretty much shows how old the first law is. we have another one about "no throwing pickles at trolleys"..i don't think i even want to know how that became law..
• United States
23 Mar 10
As Homer would say... "Baaacon" Hmmm.... maybe there was a Great Dill Pickle Revolt against the trolley company for raising fairs? That would be intersting to find out the back ground on some of these laws. I'm sure some of it were big deals back then you know like Women wearing pants is unheard of back 100yrs ago.
• United States
22 Mar 10
When they were talking about the bees' demise, I thought I saw/read somewhere that one of the nation's biggest beekeepers is on the rooftops of NY. I can't remember where I saw the info, but it sure nags at my brain that I did.
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• United States
22 Mar 10
I'd love to read about it if you can figure out where you saw it. Then I'd be quite urked... unless they are licensed is the difference to why people can't do it as a hobby?
@peavey (16873)
• United States
22 Mar 10
I agree. I think it's stupid to stop people from doing things like that. I'm sure there will be those who say, "But what about the rights of people who are allergic to bee stings?" But bees are a part of nature, and those same people could be stung by a "wild bee" as well. As you said, with bees having a hard time surviving, why not give them some encouragement? We cannot survive without them.
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• United States
22 Mar 10
Well they don't ban nuts in stores and food because some are allergic instead people have to read labels that require noting such information in bold print. SO what's wrong with something like you said that's part of nature being used in a productive way? That's true we can't survive w/o them... no bee's no food, no food no grains to feed us or the animals we eat. I saw a documentary on it, there's a spot in asia where they use feathers and have to polinate trees by hand & it looks to be quite the PITA, time consuming, and labor intensive.
@vivasuzi (4125)
• United States
23 Mar 10
Well NYC is mostly buildings and apartments from what I remember. Outside of NYC, there may be more suburban areas. But I think Beekeeping is meant to be kept to rural/farm areas where there is a lot of space between neighbors. I live in a suburban area and I wouldn't want my next-door neighbor beekeeping and causing bees to fly around my yard all day :) So I didn't read the whole article and don't know why they would ban it completely, but I can see why some people might not want to be surrounded by bees all the time. Even if they are friendly bees.