The swarm of bees unnerved New Yorkers before settling on the door of Cipriani's on 55 Wall Street -- but they were removed without incident and are on their way here, to a hive at some undisclosed location in Connecticut.
"My daughter and I were walking down Wall Street and they were swarming, the bees were swarming up and down the street," said Duane Verner, a resident of the Wall Street area. "We thought it was regular bugs at first. We walked through and heard the buzzing noise. And we quickly ran away…I had no idea bees lived downtown."
Nobody was hurt and no one panicked -- people just gathered to witness the rarity, Verner said. Police closed off a section of Wall Street to allow NYPD specialists to respond to the emergency, using a special device to suck up the bees. The bees will be taken to Connecticut to start a new life away from the bustle of lower Manhattan.
According to Officer Anthony Planakis, who specializes in building maintenance which apparently includes bee removal, the migration of bees is a natural occurance that happens when, like people, the bees run out of space.
Now, they are moving toward a slower paced life in the suburbs.