NY AQUARIUM’S RENOVATED FUTURE

The New York Aquarium is undergoing a massive $100 million overhaul. Along with its main building, two enormous shark tanks, housing over thirty sharks (four times its present number), will be added for your shark-engaged viewing pleasure.

The project, called “Sea Change,” is a partnership between the city, Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz and the Wildlife Society to renovate the Aquarium. These renovations include a refurbished Aquatheatre, a new conservation hall and a revamped/expanded marine conservation program. Three new exhibitions will open in the main hall by the end of next season, showcasing fish of Africa and the Amazon as well as a new coral exhibition.

“The Bloomberg administration has set aside $41 million for the project in its four-year capital budget. And the society, which plans to unveil the project at its annual fund-raising dinner Thursday night, hopes to raise an additional $15 million by 2013, when the new shark exhibit is expected to open.” {Read more}
NY Times

Originally located in Castle Garden, Battery Park (Manhattan), the NY Aquarium was forced to close in October 1941 due to a proposed tunnel construction linking Lower Manhattan to Brooklyn. The Aquarium’s sea creatures were housed at the Bronx Zoo until its present location in Coney Island was found; it opened there on June 6, 1957. [Wikipedia]

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