Updated 05/27/2012 11:20 AM
Bees Swarm South Seaport Fire Hydrant
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The South Street Seaport was abuzz over some unwanted visitors this holiday weekend.
Bees took over a fire hydrant next to Red Restaurant on Fulton and Front Street.
A section of a nearby pedestrian mall was blocked off.
While the hive attracted attention from passersby, Ridgely Trufant, the manager of Red Restaurant, said it was bad for business.
"We were getting the holiday weekend started and he said, there's a swarm of bees the restaurant, we can't sit outside, we can't sit outside," Trufant said. "What do you do? It's a new adventure. It never happened before so man years living here. It's very strange, something different. You see people here around looking amazing. I've never actually seen a bee before here like Manhattan and stuff. I only see them in like mountain places."
Managers at Red said lost more than $12,000 in business.
Around 4 p.m. Saturday Anthony Planakis, a bee specialist in the New York City Police Department, came and vacuumed up the offenders. Even he was "bee-witched" by the roughly five-pound collection of bees.
"The more bees you were taking out, the more that were coming. I was like this thing is huge. I didn't think I was going to have enough room in the can," said Planakis.
Bee expert Andrew Cote said similar swarms show up when the hive is trying to increase itself.
"The queen taking a third of the bees with her to a new location. That fire hydrant today was just a waiting room for the bees and they were going to go from there to another place, but they were intercepted," said Cote.
It was certainly a "buzz kill" for many visitors at the popular tourists' destination.