Officer Michael Lauriano - known as the NYPD's "Bee Guy" - donned protective gear, including a netting over his face, as he stood on a ladder and sucked up the bees with a special vacuum device.
Larry Gonoez, 70, a vendor selling hats across the street said of the bees: "They make their house - sometimes it breaks".
"We try to get as many as we can", Lauriano said.
Mason said no one was hurt by the group of bees, who were apparently quite a chilled-out bunch.
The New York Police Department has a number of officers with skills in bee keeping according to the department's official bee keeper Twitter account. "We like to keep the families together". "They will re-hive them".
Experts say a swarm of bees this size is a rarity in the city, but not entirely unheard of.
People react to a swarm of bees in Times Square in New York City on Aug 28, 2018. I guess the bees love the unbeelievable sights here!' Blogger Victoria Kwan tweeted, "The building manager just announced over the PA that the NYPD is shutting down 43rd because of a "small swarm of bees" and everyone laughed, but I just checked Twitter for photos and this is no joke".
'Fear not, New Yorkers and tourists. "Midtown Manhattan is all abuzz about NYPD's ability to bee a full-service organization".