I was just going through an old hard drive when I came across some pictures of one of the odder things I think I’ve ever come across scouting…
Last August, I was scouting around Little Italy when I suddenly noticed a crowd of people forming at the corner of Mulberry & Grand.
On closer inspection, it appeared they were engulfed in a cloud of bees…
…who had suddenly grown quite attached to this postal box:
According to later news reports, the sudden swarm was most likely due to a hive becoming overcrowded, and the queen and her workers abandoning it to find a new home. An NYPD-sanctioned beekeeper arrived a few hours later, removed the queen, then set about scooping up the remaining 15,000 bees to be relocated to Queens.
Of course, in true New York fashion, absolutely no one showed the slightest bit of fear – or in some cases, even notice – of the swarm, and soon, it became the thing to wander up about a foot away as if you’d been tending beehives your entire lives.
So of course, I had to too.
Wish the bees had stayed, but I get it. I don’t think I could live in such a touristy neighborhood either.