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To bee or not to bee: cities ponder plight of urban hives

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Andrew Cote, president of the NYC Beekeepers Association at his family apiary in Norwalk, Conn. (Photo courtesy of Andrew Coleman)

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While the bee population is going down, the number of beekeepers is going up. The problem is that some municipal governments—including that of New York City, where beekeeping is illegal—are caught between the desire to save the honeybee from extinction and existing restrictions to protect citizens from potentially harmful insects.