Anthony Planakis and apiarist Larry Stone teamed up to remove 50,000 bees from an Elmhurst apartment.
Anthony Planakis, 52, retired after 20 years corralling hornets and honeybees for the NYPD.
The bee swarm was found outside 267 Waverly Ave. on Friday.
The bees were humanely removed and will be transported to an apiary in upstate New York.
The bees were taken away by the NYPD's resident beekeeper.
Police moved the insects from the West 72nd Street tree.
An NYPD beekeeper vacuumed up the swarm.
Anthony Planakis, the NYPD's resident bee-catcher, estimates there were between 30,000 to 36,000 bees.
The bees flew toward a tree behind the high-end department store's corporate office.
An NYPD bee expert vacuumed up 15,000 bees Saturday, the second swam he'd seen in two weeks.
The NYPD's bee specialist vacuumed the swarm and then sprayed the bees' tree with horse manure smoke.
The NYPD's resident bee expert said the 15,000-bee swarm means more could be on the way.
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Thousands of honey bees swarmed an Upper West Side garbage can
Yi Gin Chen, 42, kept 42 hives in his Corona home, officials said.
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