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Outlaw Beekeepers

On a warm Saturday afternoon, a group of 40 environmentalists and local food enthusiasts gathered in secret on the first floor of an aging and rarely used office building in Brooklyn for a lesson in how to build a beehive.

The aspiring beekeepers hammered and drilled away on wooden planks to create frames for their beehives. The hives are simple. To the naked eye they look like square boxes made of wood rather than a beehive that Winnie the Pooh would devour.

The students meet in secret because beekeeping is illegal in New York. The city’s health code, last updated in 2000, considers bees to be “dangerous animals, naturally inclined to do harm or capable of inflicting harm.”

Click below to read more and see some of New York’s outlaw beekeepers in action.

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