A Sweet Idea For Rooftops

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rooftop honey bees

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, we thought this blog might tell you about a sweet secret that some famous buildings have on their rooftops: honey. Well, more precisely, honeybees!
That’s right! High above the frenetic traffic and flashing lights, some of the world’s busiest cities are buzzing in the different way. Urban beekeeping is a buzzword spreading across the globe. The technical term for a colony like this is apiaries, and they can be found on the roofs of restaurants, museums, hotels and opera houses!
One surprising reason some bees thrive in urban areas like New York City, London and Paris is the lack of pesticides in the air and water! The rewards are sweet, too: One hive can produce more than 100 pounds of honey per year.
So who has jumped on the rooftop beehive bandwagon? The Whitney Museum of American Art in Manhattan where the first fifty pounds of honey produced were dolloped out to donors.
The Lloyd’s Building in London where opening ceremonies at the “Honey House” featured poetry readings about bees and a performance of Rimsky-Korsakov’s “Flight of the Bumblebee.”
The Opéra Garnier apiary in Paris is run by 80 year old Jean Paucton who bought his first hive when he worked as a props man for the opera. Each year, his five hives can produce more than 1,000 pounds of honey that’s sold to fancy Parisian gourmet shops. Tre’ bien!
Harvard University in Cambridge, Mass, where the main goal of the student-run hive isn’t honey production, but rather to the area’s ecosystem, so the bees can forage from a lot of flowering species — and benefit community gardens.
While we at Precision Roof Crafters haven’t been asked to install an apiary in Houston…yet… the idea is intriguing! It makes us wonder if there are bees atop the Fulbright Tower, the JP Morgan Chase Tower, or what’s buzzing at the Wells Fargo Plaza?

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