An Unexpected Visitor

20 Jun

Last week, a health inspector came to the house unannounced. The first time that this happened, beekeeping was illegal in New York and Deb had to donate the hive. Since beekeeping is now legal, this time was different. Here is what the email from Deb said:

“This afternoon an inspector from the Health Dept. appeared on the front stoop, and I thought we’d been busted again! But he was just making the rounds of all the registered hives in the city — he said there were 54 in the five boros, which seemed low to me. Just wanted to make sure we were set up properly, the bees’ flight path was not criss crossing someone else’s patio and, most important, that they had a good source of water. Liv, (our upstairs neighbor) thought our operation deserved an A (though a “B” might have been more appropriate), so we made one. Billie stood guard. xo”

"Inspection Sticker"


Billie Jean standing guard

Last July, restaurants in New York city started to receive letter grades from health department for their cleanliness. Most restaurants get As and Bs and occasionally one will say “Grade Pending”. When Mike and I went on date night last week we ate at a restaurant with a B rating. The food was ok but there was a bottle of cleaning solution and a rag left on the table next to us.

I like to think that our hive is very well kept and meets the highest sanitary levels, even if I never wear gloves when I work with the bees.

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4 Responses to “An Unexpected Visitor”

  1. Mike June 20, 2011 at 1:20 pm #

    What an intimidating guard dog!!!

  2. Matt June 20, 2011 at 7:33 pm #

    Ok, you should _never_ eat at a B restaurant. A “B” means they got more than 12 pts in violations on the first inspection and the second one! “Pending” is what they have to put up between the first and second inspections because they are challenging the rating.

  3. ry June 21, 2011 at 10:41 pm #

    I’m sitting here laughing to myself, not because of anything funny in the post but because I’m fully into a blog…..a blog about bee in brooklyn. Even more than that I find myself reading more and more about bee keeping. Apparently I’m not the only one…. I found out 3 more people at work all started hives…when I told the master keeper (guy with a full on farm) he was very jealous as supposedly nyc bees have the best foraging sources with all the private gardens. Anyway thanks for the reads. Keep em comming

    • brooklynlovebug June 22, 2011 at 8:02 am #

      Ryan, you are going to have to come to Brooklyn and see the hive! It is really awesome. I was out there this morning and the bees were all over the lilies in our yard. Then next year you are going to want a hive in your yard.

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