It was the biggest sting operation in Little Italy since the Gambinos were driven off.
Crowds of people stopped to gape at a bizarre bee swarm (left) yesterday at a mailbox on the corner of Mulberry and Grand streets, snapping cellphone pictures and calling friends to marvel at the little bit of country in the midst of the big city.
Andrew Cote, president of New York City Beekeepers, said there was nothing to worry about, as the buzzers are as sweet as honey when they travel in packs.
"Bees are most docile when they swarm," he said.
"They have no hive to protect, and they pose absolutely no threat."
A beekeeper from his group helped the NYPD move the bugs to a safe location, he said.
"People keep bees in New York City, and it's not unusual for them to swarm," Cote said.
"It happens many times. I just picked up a swarm in The Bronx."
But another beekeeper, Chet Crowl, said it's lucky the insects were quickly moved, because "the longer they stay, the more aggressive they get."
Last year, the New York City Board of Health lifted a ban on beekeeping.
Wednesday, June 1, 2011
Bees swarm in Little Italy.
This has the whole city a-buzz! From NY Post: