A beekeeper whose “queens” live in the Waldorf Astoria’s penthouse, a food-blogger who inspires urban dwellers to toy with their stoves, and a farmer who harvests his lettuce in Brooklyn are just a few examples of an unpredictably different, sustainable, and creative side of New York.

Andrew Cote unties the city and nature by dotting the metropolis with hubs for 50 healthy queens and thousands of her worker bee subjects. Born into a beekeeping family, he lives locally and has 50 beehives on various rooftops all over New York. Follow him as he works—out and about with the smart fortwo electric drive.

Read more about Andrew’s Honey here.

There is a widespread—possibly true—conception that New Yorkers always eat in restaurants and rarely—if ever—use their kitchens. In 2006 Cathy Erway felt like she should emerge form this pattern. Fed up with take out, street food and restaurants, she began turning local and seasonal produce into great dishes on her own stove. She shares her recipes on her food blog, noteatingout.

Take a look at Cathy’s recipes here.

A farm in the middle of New York City. Sound absurd? Not for Viraj Puri. His company, “Gotham Greens”, grows lettuce, herbs, and other greens on a rooftop in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. Harvesting and selling are separated by mere blocks, so “Gotham Greens” can minimize its transport distances and deliver substantially fresher produce—a concept that makes both the planet and the consumer happy.

Read all about “Gotham Greens” here

These are among the inspirational urban farming and beekeeping projects that have infiltrated cities around the world. What interesting agricultural projects are changing your neighborhood? How might we integrate nature and wilderness into the urban environment? And which projects would you like to see in your own cities? The Bettery Magazine Team would love to hear from you!