Did you know that the city health department finally lifted its ban on beekeeping in New York? Well, they did. It’s totally legal for you to get your own bees and a hive with sliding drawers of honeycomb. Nothing can stop you from turning your rooftop into a factory for fresh, delicious honey, flavored with the undertones of flowers in McCarren Park. Except maybe laziness, and any silly anti-bee laws your landlord has. If you’re not quite ready to make the step in bee adoration that involves buying a special suit with a mesh mask, start small with Brooklyn Brainery’s Bee Night.
Brooklyn Brainery is a collaborative learning group that offers super cheap classes taught by experts. Past subjects include American Sign Language, soup dumplings, the Life of Che Guevara, making gifts out of recycled items, etc. They just posted their classes for January, and you should sign up now. The Sign Language class already filled up, but you can still get in on Bee Night and Microwave Candy. At Bee Night, there will be a honey tasting, screening of and Q&A with a local beekeeper. If you’re more into lazy baking, take the microwave candy class. You’ll learn how to make pralines, Turkish delights, brittle, fudge and rock candy.
And I’m not kidding when I say sign up now. These class will fill up, and then you’ll just have to keep using your microwave for reheating calzones.
Brooklyn Brainery January Classes
515 Court Street at 9th Street [Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn]
Tuesday, January 25, 7pm $7, sign up here
Monday, January 31, 7pm, $10 sign up here