Buzz kill! Roberta’s bees busy but not belligerent

Hive-minded: Bees are free to leave Roberta’s, but neighbors say scenes like this don’t greet them upon stepping out the front door.
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Rumors of its beehives are greatly exaggerated.

Roberta’s, that posh pizzeria in industrial Williamsburg, got local news outlets buzzing yesterday with claims that the bees from its new hives were swarming area sidewalks, but pizzaiolos there say the airborne residents are nothing to be afraid of.

A supposed neighbor of Roberta’s Pizza e-mailed news website Gothamist to report the insects were “terrorizing” Moore Street every night, swarming lights and landing on sidewalks, making them “like a bee minefield.” Our inquiries to locals turned up no such encounters and the proprietors of the storied pie palace said its bees may stray, but they are not out to sting.

“Bees are free-range. They forage in nectar and pollen for up to three miles,” said Roberta’s spokeswoman Tara Blazona. “They are not interested in graffiti, beards, or ironic t-shirts.”

The restaurant has raised the honey-manufacturers for five years and recently installed two new hives, Blazona said.

One area resident insisted that the stinger-equipped horde plying the skies around her house has not affected her in the least.

“I have not seen any,” said Mary O’Conner. “I am going to continue to walk freely around here. I am really not afraid of any bees attacking me.”

Reach reporter Danielle Furfaro at or by calling (718) 260-2511. Follow her at
Updated 10:17 pm, July 9, 2018
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Reasonable discourse

The Chooch from The Bohemian Buzz says:
So then who could have spread lies about bees "terrorizing" the neighborhood? Maybe someone who's angry, resentful, and soon to be butt-bounced from the hood? What's wid dat! Snoopin' after other people's business just because you got butt hurt?
June 13, 2014, 10:24 am
JAZ from Hunting Redbeards says:
The whole urban beehive thing is pretty stupid.
June 13, 2014, 11:34 am
The Chooch from The Bohemian Buzz says:
Oh, and on what scientific or economic grounds do you deem the urban beehive thing "stupid" other than that it gives you butt-hurt?
June 13, 2014, 12:01 pm
The Chooch from The Bohemian Buzz says:
WHAAAA ... I can't afford the pizza at Roberta's! WHAAAA ... They have bees over there! They have transgendered atheists over there! They're springing my mook butt out of Brooklyn! WhAAaAaaaa!!!
June 13, 2014, 12:04 pm
JAZ from Hunting Redbeards says:
Luckily it is easy find plenty of great pizza for less money from establishments that have been here for generations. I see no reason to wait over an hour to be seated by some smug Penelope from Iowa, and sit having to overhear the nasally transients mimicking the most recent episode of Girls.
June 13, 2014, 12:43 pm
K. from ArKady says:
You need to show more pics of the nabe: was their a significant bee die-off? That's not normal, and out here is cause for the locals to complain about who is killing the little guys ( we like our fruit trees and flowers, what can I say? ).

There's a lot of stupid to go around with this story, from the keeper who thinks Brooklyn is good habitat for his charges, to the locals who are terrified of pollinators. Sorry Brooklyn, once you axe the Lorax, he ain't comin' back.
June 15, 2014, 1:01 pm
Chooch from The Chooch and Chong Show says:
I ratted out the bees, because they wouldn't pollinate my weed. WAAAAAAAA-abre-la-puerta-rama-cama whoosh whoosh magic I see them snitches and they're stitching up my door!
June 15, 2014, 10:45 pm
Chooch from The Chooch No Smooch Show says:
Open sesame!
June 15, 2014, 11:02 pm

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