It’s not just us:
This spring in New York City, clumps of homeless bees have turned up, often in inconvenient public places, at nearly double the rate of past years. A warm winter followed by an early spring, experts say, has created optimal breeding conditions.
More at the New York Times.
From DNA Info:
A series of muggings in East River Park has contributed to a 13 percent increase in crime on the Lower East Side.
There have been 62 robberies this year on the Lower East Side, compared to about 50 at this time last year. There’s also been an increase in car theft, according to Capt. Peter Venice from the 7th Precinct.
At a community council meeting Wednesday, Venice encouraged residents to be alert, especially in the East River Park after dark.
“It is quiet over there,” he told a packed community council meeting. “It can get desolate at night.”
The latest of three muggings occurred on May 22nd with the other two happening earlier in the month. All took place between 9 p.m. and 12:30 a.m.
In each attack, the suspect was described as a 30- to 35-year-old man who wore a hooded sweatshirt, according to Venice.
The suspect either simulated having a gun or, on one occasion, showed a gun during the robbery before taking cash and valuables from victims.
In response to the crimes, the 7th Precinct has stepped up patrols in the park.
A “handful” of similar crimes have occurred north of East Houston Street in the park, which comes under the 9th Precinct’s command, Venice said.
What do you think? Are you ever in East River Park after dark?
Board member Lee Berman sent in these photos from last Thursday’s bee extraction in the playground next to building 2. Beekeepers suited up, raised themselves into the tree, and guided the swarm into safe and productive captivity. These bees now head to a farm where they’ll happily make honey far away from our children.
With our garden up and running, we’ve been getting a lot of questions about whether it’s possible to have any formal composting program at East River Coop (like the one that’s been operating right next door in Hillman for the past three years).
What do you think? Would you join a cooperative composting program if given the chance?
Last month we inaugurated our Cooperative Question of the Month with (it turned out) a gimme. Following the announcement from the Board of Directors of a new no-smoking policy in the common areas outside our buildings, we asked whether cooperators thought the new rules were appropriate or too harsh. Over 90% of you agreed with the new rules, with just a few people thinking they had gone too far.
The final tally was 29 in favor, 3 against. That’s not exactly a huge sample size, and may not hold up to the standards of professional pollsters; but considering it was our first time soliciting opinions, it’s encouraging that we were able to get any sense at all of how cooperators feel about life at East River Coop.
We’ll have a new question posted soon in the laundry rooms and right on the front page of this site. Spread the word and come back to vote!
Despite the memo earlier this week assuring us that the bees behind building 2 had all moved on, bees continue to have a large presence in a tree right in the middle of the playground.
It turns out this isn’t really as dangerous as it looks. Apparently it’s common in the spring for a hive’s second queen bee to leave the hive with some percentage of worker bees and drones to look for a place to build a new hive. These bees will swarm, usually huddling around a tree branch or something similar, while scouts are sent out looking for an appropriate tree hollow or other protected area. During this time, the bees have no food or young to protect, so are very unlikely to exhibit any defensive behavior — i.e., they’re probably not going to sting anyone.
Nevertheless, having the swarm right in the middle of he playground is obviously not ideal. And since those bees are actually very valuable, it’s easy to find a beekeeper willing to come lure the swarm away. (In fact, it looks like that’s what’s happening down there right now.)
Some more tweaks to the new boiler?
To: East River Housing Residents
Hillman Housing Residents
From: Harold Jacob
Re: Hot Water Shut Down
This Friday, June 8, 2012, at 9:00PM the Boiler Room will be shutting down the hot water to do some repair work. The hot water will hopefully be back online by Saturday morning, June 9, 2012, at 5:00AM.
We are anticipating another shut down toward the end of next week. We will send a separate notice to confirm.
We are sorry for any inconvenience.
TO: ALL COOPERATORS/ EAST RIVER HOUSING
RE: PARK REOPENED BEHIND 577 GRAND ST.
DUE TO A RECENT INFESTATION OF BEES THIS PAST WEEKEND WE WERE FORCED TO CLOSE THE PARK BEHIND BLDG. 2 AT 577 GRAND STREET.
WE ARE HAPPY TO REPORT THE BEES HAVE MOVED ON AND WE ARE REOPENING THE PARK IMMEDIATELY. WE HAVE CANCELED THE BEEKEEPER.
THANK YOU FOR YOUR COOPERATION.
So the “infestation” has moved on? Maybe not such a big problem to begin with? Does anyone have any more information about this — was closing the courtyard just an overreaction, or is there still a hive hiding out somewhere?
We’re losing our parks left and right! Not only is the north courtyard now closed because of inspection and maintenance on buildings 3 and 4, but the south courtyard is closed after many cooperators noticed an unusual activity of bees:
TO: ALL COOPERATORS/ EAST RIVER HOUSING
RE: PARK CLOSURE BEHIND 577 GRAND ST. / BEES!!!
DUE TO A SERIOUS BEE PROBLEM BEHIND BLDG. 2 AT 577 GRAND STREET IN THE PLAYGROUND AREA, THE PARK WILL HAVE TO BE CLOSED UNTIL A BEEKEEPER ARRIVES EARLY NEXT WEEK TO REMOVE THE HIVE.
THIS SITUATION SHOULD BE TAKEN SERIOUSLY BY PARENTS, WHO SHOULD BE ESPECIALLY CAREFUL WITH THEIR CHILDREN DURING THE WEEKEND, UNTIL THE PROBLEM CAN BE RESOLVED.
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