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A red pickup truck gently pulls over to the side of a busy New York City street. The driver strains his neck to avoid jostling his fragile cargo—250 buzzing boxes. Curious onlookers approach the mesh lining the box. “Don’t worry, they won’t sting you,” a worker says. “Not yet at least.” On an early April morning, beekeepers from across the city are lining up to take home their boxes of bees—the honey bee season is about to begin. These beekeepers are at the forefront of urban beekeeping in New York City. Beekeeping is different in the city. Hives are peppered throughout the five boroughs on rooftops and in backyards. The city legalized urban beekeeping in 2010, and more than 400 hives have been approved by the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. Milwaukee, Los Angeles, Dallas and other major cities have all seen huge growth in their bee population,…