The Osborne Association is using beekeeping to help train former inmates at the Bronx site.
Anthony Planakis and apiarist Larry Stone teamed up to remove 50,000 bees from an Elmhurst apartment.
Police said they cleared the park before spraying an insecticide to kill the bees.
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.
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.
A variety of vendors will sell everything inspired by bees, from honey to t-shirts.
The bees flew toward a tree behind the high-end department store's corporate office.
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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.
Detective Anthony Planakis removed a hive that hung from a tree near a Brooklyn church.
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