Honey bees take over Times Square

Around 30,000 honey bees swarmed on a ledge at One Times Square, where the New Year's Eve ball drop happens, in New York on Tuesday, June 27.

Andrew Coté, a fourth generation beekeeper of AndrewsHoney.com, was called to the rescue and used a vacuum to suck up the bees.

"The bees weren't colonizing," Coté said. "The bees were on a nearby hotel and they were probably not very well managed and they left like Lucifer, the most beautiful angel left heaven, took a third of the angels with him, these bees left with their queen. They were looking for a new home as a temporary station. They landed on that old New York Times building in Times Square."

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Beekeeper Hannah Baek works to remove a large swarm of bees that had taken up residence on a building in the Times Square district of New York, U.S., June 27, 2017. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson
Bees swarm around a building in Times Square in the Manhattan borough of New York City, New York, U.S., June 26, 2017. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri
Beekeepers Andrew Cote and Hannah Baek work to prepare a hive to take a large swarm of bees that they had removed from a building in the Times Square district of New York, U.S., June 27, 2017. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson
Bees swarm around a building in Times Square in the Manhattan borough of New York City, New York, U.S., June 26, 2017. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri
Beekeeper Andrew Cote dumps a large swarm of bees that he had removed from a building in Times Square to a new hive at Bryant Park in New York, U.S., June 27, 2017. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson
Beekeepers Andrew Cote and Hannah Baek remove a container holding a large swarm of bees that they had removed from a building in the Times Square district of New York, U.S., June 27, 2017. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson
Bees poke their heads out of a container holding a large swarm of bees that were removed from a building in the Times Square district of New York, U.S., June 27, 2017. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson
Beekeepers Hannah Baek and Gus Iodise to prepare a hive to take a large swarm of bees that they had removed from a building in the Times Square district of New York, U.S., June 27, 2017. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson
Beekeeper Andrew Cote dumps a large swarm of bees that he had removed from a building in Times Square to a new hive at Bryant Park in New York, U.S., June 27, 2017. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson
Beekeeper Andrew Cote prepares with Gus Iodise and Hannah Baek to remove a large swarm of bees that had taken up residence on a building in the Times Square district of New York, U.S., June 27, 2017. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson
Beekeeper Andrew Cote works with Hannah Baek to use a specialized vacuum cleaner to remove a large swarm of bees that had taken up residence on a building in the Times Square district of New York, U.S., June 27, 2017. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson
Beekeeper Andrew Cote works with Hannah Baek to use a specialized vacuum cleaner to remove a large swarm of bees that had taken up residence on a building in the Times Square district of New York, U.S., June 27, 2017. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson
Beekeeper Andrew Cote inspects a large swarm of bees on a building before removing them in the Times Square district of New York, U.S., June 27, 2017. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson
Beekeeper Andrew Cote works with Hannah Baek to use a specialized vacuum cleaner to remove a large swarm of bees that had taken up residence on a building in the Times Square district of New York, U.S., June 27, 2017. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson
Beekeeper Andrew Cote works with Hannah Baek to use a specialized vacuum cleaner to remove a large swarm of bees that had taken up residence on a building in the Times Square district of New York, U.S., June 27, 2017. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson
Beekeeper Andrew Cote works with Hannah Baek to check the suction of a specialized vacuum cleaner before removing a large swarm of bees that had taken up residence on a building in the Times Square district of New York, U.S., June 27, 2017. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson
Beekeeper Andrew Cote works with a specialized vacuum cleaner before removing a large swarm of bees that had taken up residence on a building in the Times Square district of New York, U.S., June 27, 2017. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson
Beekeeper Andrew Cote works with a specialized vacuum cleaner before removing a large swarm of bees that had taken up residence on a building in the Times Square district of New York, U.S., June 27, 2017. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson
Beekeeper Andrew Cote works with Hannah Baek to use a specialized vacuum cleaner to remove a large swarm of bees that had taken up residence on a building in the Times Square district of New York, U.S., June 27, 2017. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson
Beekeeper Andrew Cote works to remove a large swarm of bees that had taken up residence on a building in the Times Square district of New York, U.S., June 27, 2017. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson
Beekeeper Andrew Cote works with Hannah Baek to use a specialized vacuum cleaner to remove a large swarm of bees that had taken up residence on a building in the Times Square district of New York, U.S., June 27, 2017. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson
Beekeeper Andrew Cote drinks water after removing a large swarm of bees that had taken up residence on a building in the Times Square district of New York, U.S., June 27, 2017. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson
Beekeeper Hannah Baek works to remove a large swarm of bees that had taken up residence on a building in the Times Square district of New York, U.S., June 27, 2017. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson
A small number of remaining bees fly around wax that a large swarm had left on a building in the Times Square district of New York, U.S., June 27, 2017. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson
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The unharmed bees were later combined with a smaller hive at nearby Bryant Park that hosts two public beehives maintained by the New York City Beekeepers Association, which Coté founded.

"We decided to put these bees in Bryant Park because one, they needed a place to go right away," Coté said. "There were so many of them in a small container that they would have overheated were we to have left them there for too long. Two, we have two hives at Bryant Park. One of them was lagging behind the other. This is going to give it a jump-start, it's going to double the population in a few minutes."

Coté said a common misconception with honey bees is that they sting like wasps or hornets, but that they're actually docile and gentle and "a huge part of our lives."

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