September 8–14, 2014


Throughout New York City


A weeklong, citywide festival celebrating the honeybee, Honey Week 2014 merges the educational, the entertaining, and the downright delicious. From beekeeping classes to honey-themed dinners, apiary tours to honey tastings, cooking classes to kids' workshops, the festival flits from neighborhood to neighborhood, drawing deep from apicultural traditions and New York City's cultural traditions alike. The week culminates in the fourth annual daylong Honey Fest at Rockaway Boardwalk on Saturday, September 13, a free, family-friendly extravaganza featuring art, food, music, kids’ arts and crafts, the Bee Marketplace, and, of course, honey galore!


As honeybee populations decline worldwide, the very survival of our food production system is threatened. The canaries in our agricultural coal mine, Apis mellifera have so much to teach us about ecosystem survival and resilience. Their incredible hierarchy, astounding industriousness, and the exquisite crops they produce have been revered by humans since ancient times. We must act now to educate ourselves about this critical species and honor the inspiring contributions they make to the health of our struggling planet.

A portion of the proceeds from select events will be donated to City Growers' Honeybee Education Program for NYC youth. 


Check out our EVENTS page for a full lineup of the week's program!


City Growers is a nonprofit educational organization based at Brooklyn Grange, a rooftop farm in New York City. The organization’s mission is to coordinate and facilitate school and camp visits that engage young New Yorkers in educational tours and workshops on the farm and in the classroom. Since 2013, City Growers has offered NYC's only hands-on honeybee education program for K–12 youth, allowing young urbanites to appreciate and learn about these critical creatures firsthand.


NYC Honey Week is the brainchild of Brooklyn Grange. Growing more than 50,000 lbs. of organic produce annually, it operates the world’s largest rooftop farm, with sites in Long Island City and the Brooklyn Navy Yard. In addition to growing and distributing produce, Brooklyn Grange consults to clients on rooftop farming and green roofs, partners with nonprofits to promote healthy communities, and runs an urban apiary. Since its inception, Brooklyn Grange's apiary has grown from a single hive atop its flagship farm to more than two dozen colonies spanning the rooftops of The Bronx, Queens, Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Jersey City, NJ.



Jessica Austerlitz is an event producer and part-time farmer in Brooklyn. For five years she managed and produced events for Google and YouTube, before departing to produce events on a freelance basis. Her clients include Nespresso, Zagat, and Hugo Boss. This will be her second year producing NYC Honey Fest.


Steve Rogenstein runs theARTcorps, a company with the triple function of consulting to arts and cultural organizations on strategic planning and marketing, operating an underground venue in Clinton Hill, and producing events. He is an avid beekeeper and participated in Brooklyn Grange’s Beekeeping Program. This will be his second year producing NYC Honey Fest.