8. There’s a Bee Village in The Battery

The Battery’s Beehives Photo via gigi_nyc.

Honeybees are not new to The Battery. In fact, they migrated alongside the Dutch to Lower Manhattan in the 1600s. So when beekeeping became legal in New York City in 2011, the colorful houses designed to look like historic buildings, started going up.  NYC Beekeeping are overseeing the project known as BeeVillage in Battery Park. This all-volunteer group oversee about a thousand bees in each of the little house hives. The white beehive house in the front of the photo is designed to look like the historic John Brown House, said to be the oldest in New York. Tours of the hives are given for bee enthusiasts, and the bees pollinate the Park’s Urban Farm.