When Hurricane Sandy’s surge waters attacked the Brooklyn water front, they didn’t just threaten human lives. More than a dozen hives on a pier in the Navy Yard served as the home base for NYC’s largest commercial apiary, the result of years of effort and a successful $22,000 Kickstarter project by Brooklyn Grange. By the time Sandy’s waters had receded, only a few of the hives remained. Most had floated away.
In our current issue, Ann Monroe takes us to Brooklyn’s Navy Yard where Brooklyn Grange—keepers of a 40,000-square-foot rooftop farm in Long Island City—have opened the borough’s first commercial apiary.