In Manhattan, a bee swarm outside the Vox Media office at 85 Broad Street caused a buzz Tuesday morning before beekeepers arrived to take the insects away.
Retired NYPD cop and bee expert Anthony Planakis told Gothamist the bees likely were looking for a new home and didn't pose a threat.
"They're at their most docile right now," he said. "They have nothing to defend. The only thing they're going to defend is themselves and the queen. People have nothing to worry about."
The main entrance to Vox Media was cordoned off Tuesday while the bees were being dealt with.
"Had beekeepers not arrived to take the swarm away, the bees likely would have taken off a second time in search of a place to set up a new hive," Gothamist noted.
Beekeeping was legalized in the city in 2010, Gothamist noted. Swarms have become more common as some bees typically break away from a hive every other year to form a new hive.
On June 2, NYPD shut down 47th Street between Fifth and Madison avenues for hours as beekeepers dealt with a swarm there, WPIX-TV reported.
A beekeeper told the station bees typically swam on nice mornings after cold or rainy weather.
Twitter users were amused by the swarm.
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