Beekeeping may soon be legal in New York City.
The Board of Health has proposed lifting a longstanding ban on the practice. Despite the threat of bee stings, the Health Department says beekeeping does not pose a public health risk.
All bees were banned as dangerous in the original Health Code article 161.01 because of their ability to sting people. After the Board of Health received a petition from a group wanting to promote honey-bee keeping as sustainable agriculture, the Health Department looked into urban beekeeping and found that responsible urban beekeeping does not pose a public health issue.
The public has until February 3 to comment on the proposal.