The roof of the Jacobs Javits Center may seem to be an odd place to raise bees and harvest honey, but that's what's going on.

The bees are housed atop the roof of the convention center in commercial hives and tended to by nycbeekeeping.org.

The roof of the Javits center is covered by sedum plants, which allow the bees to gather pollen and store it for honey production. 

The "green roof" was part of a $463 million dollar face lift for the convention center that began in 2013.

The honey that is harvested from the roof-top hives is being used by the Taste NY Bistro restaurant inside the Javits Center.

Liane Newton of nycbeekeepink.org said she was thrilled by the first year harvest because most first year hives don't produce any usable product.


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