Just yesterday, I brought you a terrifying instance of urban-beekeeping-gone-bad in the swarm-plagued Big Apple. Today, here’s a glimpse at the right way go about honey harvesting in the city.

Kirsten Dirksen and the gang at faircompanies recently detoured from their favorite topic — tiny and nontraditional housing — for a chat with urban beekeeper Guillermo Fernandez. A member of NYC Beekeeping, Fernandez has been tending to the at-risk insects since before the city lifted the longstanding ban on the activity in the spring of 2010. When that happened, membership within the organization jumped from a paltry 325 to over 1,300 amateur and seasoned apiarists.

In the below video, faircompanies dons a helmet and veil for a visit to Fernandez’s Battery Park hive located in a public garden near the Staten Island Ferry Terminal (Fernandez himself lives in a not-too-bee-friendly 21-story high-rise apartment building) to talk broods, drones, workers, guards, queens, (his has been dubbed “Queen Bee-trix” in a nod to NYC's Dutch roots), and the history of European honeybees — referred to by Native Americans as the “white man’s fly” — in North America. Fernandez also discussed the impact that colony collapse disorder has had on nature’s most prolific pollinators.

“They’re not a pet that you can pet and cuddle, but I feel close to them and like I should take care of them because they’re also taking care of us,” says Fernandez. “There’s a source of pride when you see your bees flying out just a few feet and pollinating the plants nearby and you know that there’s this interrelationship between the bees and the plants, humans and nature, and the city and its population.”

Matt Hickman ( @mattyhick ) writes about design, architecture and the intersection between the natural world and the built environment.

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