The bees had built a giant hive in a tree. When the queen went sightseeing, the entire swarm followed.
Onlooker Doug Becker described "a 3 foot column of bees."
The tour group proceeded half a block before buzzing back to the hive.
Planakis said the bees would be taken "to a farm in Connecticut to pollinate."
Last week, bee enthusiasts gathered on the steps of City Hall to push a bill that would legalize beekeeping in New York City.
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