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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]

Bee Night!
Tuesday, January 25, 7pm $7, sign up here

Microwave Candy!
Monday, January 31, 7pm, $10 sign up here

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Kiley E - Ragamuffin Researcher

Kiley E - Ragamuffin Researcher

After years of denial, Kiley has finally admitted to baring a striking resemblance to Velma from Scooby Doo. Instead of traveling in a van hunting ghosts, she prefers wandering on foot in search of tacos, cheap beer, and fake birds. Growing up in Portland, Kiley enjoyed the balance of urban and green spaces. Then she spent her four years at Ithaca College, and found herself craving more sprawling asphalt in her life. So she moved to Williamsburg, Brooklyn, where most of the buildings look like they're about to collapse. Kiley's favorite activities include: getting lost, crafting, sewing, biking, and geeking out at museums. Her love of taxidermy probably makes her a terrible vegetarian, but she doesn't care.