Anthony Planakis

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Flushing »

Retired Police Beekeeper Rescues 40,000 Bees from Flushing Home

Tony Bees saved a large hive that had grown underneath a second-floor balcony.

Elmhurst »

Retired NYPD Bee Expert 'Tony Bees' Returns to Remove 50K Insects From Home

Anthony Planakis and apiarist Larry Stone teamed up to remove 50,000 bees from an Elmhurst apartment.

Civic Center »

NYPD's In-House Bee Expert Buzzes Off Into Retirement

Anthony Planakis, 52, retired after 20 years corralling hornets and honeybees for the NYPD.

Fort Greene »

Massive Fort Greene Bee Swarm Doused With Sugar Water and Run Over

The bee swarm was found outside 267 Waverly Ave. on Friday.

Downtown Brooklyn »

Thousands of Bees Removed from Downtown Brooklyn Scaffold

The bees were humanely removed and will be transported to an apiary in upstate New York.

Corona »

Swarm of Bees Removed From Corona Plaza

The bees were taken away by the NYPD's resident beekeeper. 

Upper West Side »

Swarm of 18K Bees Takes Over UWS Tree

Police moved the insects from the West 72nd Street tree.

Astoria »

Massive Swarm of Bees Removed From Tree in Astoria

Anthony Planakis, the NYPD's resident bee-catcher, estimates there were between 30,000 to 36,000 bees.

Midtown East »

More Than 4,000 Bees Swarm Saks Fifth Avenue Headquarters

The bees flew toward a tree behind the high-end department store's corporate office.

Borough Park »

Expert Warns of Massive Bee Activity in Borough Park

An NYPD bee expert vacuumed up 15,000 bees Saturday, the second swam he'd seen in two weeks.

Bushwick »

NYPD Staves Off Swarm of Bushwick Bees With Horse Manure

The NYPD's bee specialist vacuumed the swarm and then sprayed the bees' tree with horse manure smoke.

Great Kills »

Bee Swarm Outside Staten Island School Evades NYPD

The NYPD's resident bee expert said the 15,000-bee swarm means more could be on the way.

New York City »

Most Memorable Moments of 2012

DNAinfo.com New York looks back at 2012's biggest stories and most dramatic photos.

Upper West Side »

Thousands of Bees Swarm Upper West Side Garbage Can

Thousands of honey bees swarmed an Upper West Side garbage can