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A midtown hotel started keeping thousands of bees on its roof

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Hannah Streck

While there is not much room for a community garden in midtown, one the best hotels in NYC has decided create a different type of garden on its rooftop.

The New York Hilton Midtown has just checked in a buzzing 450,000 guests to it’s fifth floor rooftop. These guests won’t take up tons of room, and they will be working 24 hours a day. Oh, did we mention that these guests are honey bees?

Arriving yesterday morning, these new residents will be in charge of making honey for the hotel's guests and kitchen. The insects are expected to produce to upwards of 300 pounds of the sweet stuff annually.

Beekeeping became legal in Manhattan in 2010 and the city has seen a 35 percent increase in apiaries (aka beehives) from last year. Talk about a sweet hobby.

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