The NYPD's beekeeper removes a swarm of bees from a tree on Amsterdam Avenue and West 72nd Street on the Upper West Side.
The NYPD beekeeper was called to disassemble a swarm of bees in a tree on the Upper West Side Monday.
The bees were in a tree on West 72nd Street near Amsterdam Avenue. A resident said he first noticed the swarm over the weekend.
"We've been watching the bees for a couple of days now," he said.
The NYPD's sole bee response officer -- the "beekeeper commissioner" -- arrived on the scene and safely removed the bees.
Detective Anthony Planakis says bees are actually docile in a swarm unless someone disturbs them, but he understands that someone who walks underneath one could be frightened.