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HONEY DAY ON THE HIGH LINE: CELEBRATION OF ARTISINAL HONEY FROM NEW YORK CITY’S FIVE BOROUGHS


WEDNESDAY, JULY 31, 2:00 – 6:00 PM ON THE HIGH LINE AT WEST 14TH STREET
Friends of the High Line and Brooklyn Grange present Honey Day on the High Line, a free public event celebrating artisanal honey cultivated in New York City’s five boroughs, with honey tastings, observation hives, fun educational activities for kids, and an open-air honey market featuring local beekeepers on Wednesday, July 31, between 2:00 and 6:00 PM on the High Line at West 14th Street.

Honey Day on the High Line celebrates the honey bee – a crucial pollinator for the nation’s fruit and vegetable crops and the creator of the delicious food infused with a true taste of place: honey. As global honey bee populations continue to suffer, urban bees and a growing number of backyards, rooftop, and community garden beekeepers are thriving in New York City. The city’s honey bees gather nectar and pollen from the city’s abundant street trees, flowerbeds, backyard gardens, and public parks – like the High Line – to create honey that is a unique reflection of the urban biodiversity of New York City. Through its High Line Food programming like Honey Day on the High Line, Friends of the High Line seeks to connect the park’s neighbors and visitors to the urban environment through fun, interactive activities involving food and drink from local, sustainable sources.

See below for details on specific activities taking place during Honey Day on the High Line:

HONEY MARKET
Honey Day on the High Line welcomes artisanal beekeepers from the city’s five boroughs. Chat with the experts about urban beekeeping, taste and compare local honeys, and even purchase honey or honey-infused treats and products to take home. The following local beekeepers, honey vendors, and bee enthusiasts will be participating in Honey Day on the High Line: City Growers, Mike’s Hot Honey, Old Field Farms, Queens Apiary, Queens County Farm Museum, Stone Barns Center for Food & Agriculture, and Wilk Apiary. Special honey-infused menu items will be available for purchase from the High Line’s food vendors, including L’Arte del Gelato’s Gelato al Miele made with wildflower honey, La Newyorkina’s wildflower honey-roasted plum paletas; Melt Bakery’s Honey Pie, a ginger snap cookie sandwich made with Tremblay Apiaries’ honey and Six Point Sweet Action Cream Ale ice cream; and for the adults – a special “KelSo High Line Nectar Pils” brew made with wildflower and mangrove honey available from Terroir at The Porch.

BEE OBSERVATION HIVE
Brooklyn Grange’s beekeepers host a honey bee exploration station, where visitors can get an up-close-and-personal look at live bees making honey. Sharpen your eyes and look closely through the glass-paneled demonstration hive to spot the queen bee or catch a glimpse of the nuanced “waggle dance” that these industrious bees use to communicate the location of nectar hot spots.

WILD WEDNESDAY
This month’s Wild Wednesday – a free, weekly drop-in program for kids and their caregivers – culminates with a Creature Feature starring bees. Join the Brooklyn Grange beekeepers to taste local honey, make your own busy bee hive, and learn how bees use flower power on the High Line.

About Brooklyn Grange
Brooklyn Grange is the leading rooftop farming and intensive green roofing business in the US. We operate the world’s largest rooftop soil farms, located on two roofs in New York City, and grow over 40,000 lbs of organically-cultivated produce per year. In addition to growing and distributing fresh local vegetables and herbs, Brooklyn Grange also provides urban farming and green roof consulting and installation services to clients worldwide, and we partner with numerous non-profit organizations throughout New York to promote healthy and strong local communities.

About the High Line and Friends of the High Line
The High Line is an elevated freight rail line transformed into a public park on Manhattan’s West Side. It is owned by the City of New York, and maintained and operated by Friends of the High Line. Founded in 1999 by two community residents named Joshua David and Robert Hammond, Friends of the High Line fought for the High Line’s preservation and transformation at a time when the historic structure was under the threat of demolition. It is now the non-profit conservancy working with the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation to make sure the High Line is maintained as an extraordinary public space for all visitors to enjoy. In addition to overseeing maintenance, operations, and public programming for the park, Friends of the High Line works to raise the essential private funds to support more than 90 percent of the park’s annual operating budget, and to advocate for the transformation of the High Line at the rail yards, the third and final section of the historic structure, which runs between West 30th and West 34th Streets. Visit www.thehighline.org, sign up for the High Line E-News, like the High Line on Facebook, or follow @highlinenyc on Twitter for more information.

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