Honey Harvest on the Green Roof of the Javits Center

Bianca Bahamondes Bianca Bahamondes

Honey Harvest on the Green Roof of the Javits Center
The green roof on top of the Jacob K. Javits Center was started in 2013 as part of a plan to renovate the building and also incorporate sustainable practices.

As their site claims, the “7-acre green roof will prevent approximately 6.8 million gallons of storm water run-off annually, and also reduce heat gain.” The roof is also home to 10 species of birds and, as of 2016, three honey bee hives (with over 60,000 honeybees).

New York City Beekeeping is in charge of tending to the harvest, and they were surprised to see that there was a productive honey harvest this year. According to the original report by New York Times, Liane Newton of the organization said that “most of the time, in the first year, [they] don’t count on getting any.”

Chang W. Lee / The New York Times
Credit: Chang W. Lee / The New York Times

This harvest was broken down into honeycombs, emptied of its honey, and included in salad dressing at Taste NY Bistro within the Javits Center. However, there was so much left over after making the dressing that the remainder was bottled up in creative 1-ounce containers and will also be sold at Taste NY.

Featured image source [Pixabay] 

Wellness & Nature