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45 Beehives Confiscated From Queens “Bee Hoarder” Yi Gin Chen
Posted By Ayasha Guerin On August 27, 2012 @ 1:30 pm In Queens,Urban Farming | No Comments
Image credit: Jeanne Noonan for New York Daily News 
In a turn of events that could have aired on TV as Hoarders : Bee Edition, 45 beehives hosting 3 million bees were seized last week from a home in Corona, Queens. Bees have been generating quite a buzz this summer by occupying fire-hydrants and delaying flights  but this time, it’s the beekeeper that’s making the headlines. After neighbors and police felt that Yi Gin Chen’s “hobby” had gone overboard, a large scale bee-removal operation was put into effect to remove the hives from the area.
Chen’s swarms had gotten so large and out of control that NYC’s best beekeepers were called in to confiscate the hives. According to  NYPD beekeeper detective Tony Planakis, the bees are being taken to an undisclosed location. “They’re a health hazard,” he said. “I’ve never seen anything like this before.”
New York City legalized beekeeping  in March of 2010, but if a resident wants to host hives, they must register them with the city (or face fines of up to $2,000 each). According to Andrew Cote, president of the New York City Beekeepers Association , only about 200 hives have been registered. To put that in perspective, Chen was holding nearly ¼ the amount of registered bees in all of New York in his own backyard! Chen insists he wasn’t keeping the millions of bees to make honey profit, explaining that he used to be a beekeeper In mainland China, and that’s “all he meant to do” in Queens.
Via NYdailynews.com 
Images by Jeanne Noonan for New York Daily News 
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 New York Daily News: http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/queens/3-million-bees-seized-queens-man-stunning-sting-operation-article-1.1142574
 Hoarders: http://www.aetv.com/hoarders/
 fire-hydrants : http://inhabitat.com/nyc/brooklyn-grange-farm-adopts-bees-found-inside-an-nyc-fire-hydrant/
 delaying flights: http://inhabitat.com/nyc/swarm-of-thousands-of-honey-bees-delays-delta-flight-to-nyc/
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 New York City Beekeepers Association: http://www.nyc-bees.org/
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