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Bloomberg Unveils Design For New Aquarium Building

Rendering for the Ocean Wonders: Sharks! building at the New York Aquarium (credit: The Portico Group)

Rendering for the Ocean Wonders: Sharks! building at the New York Aquarium (credit: The Portico Group)

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) - Marine enthusiasts rejoice! There is something new coming to Coney Island.

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On Thursday, Mayor Michael Bloomberg unveiled the $127 million design for the new “Ocean Wonders: Sharks!” building at the New York Aquarium.

It will be complete with an aluminum shimmering wall that will wrap its exterior.

“The design for the new ‘Ocean Wonders: Sharks!’ building will make the aquarium much more visible,” said Bloomberg.

It will also have a half million gallon shark tank and that had the mayor chin deep in puns.

“Now here in New York, we do frown on loan sharks, pool sharks, and card sharks. But the aquarium shark are another kettle of fish,” His Honor said.

Design for Coral Tunnel at New York Aquarium "Ocean Wonders: Sharks!" Building (credit: The Portico Group)

Design for Coral Tunnel at New York Aquarium “Ocean Wonders: Sharks!” Building (credit: The Portico Group)

The new building will house 115 species of marine life – sharks, rays, and sea turtles among them. But sorry, there will be no great whites.

Right now, attendance at the aquarium is about 750,000, but the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Dr.Cristián Samper expects that number to reach 1 million when the new building opens.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg at the New York Aquarium - Aug 16, 2012 (credit: Spencer T Tucker / Mayor's Office)

Mayor Michael Bloomberg at the New York Aquarium – Aug 16, 2012 (credit: Spencer T Tucker / Mayor’s Office)

The hope is to break ground this fall and have the grand opening by 2015.