Storm-Damaged New York Aquarium To Partially Reopen This Spring
NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – A comeback grows in Brooklyn.
The aquarium has been closed since Oct. 29, when the storm surge came over and under the Coney Island Boardwalk, flooding all the buildings at the 14-acre park.
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Mayor Bloomberg called the reopening a “milestone for the community.”
Councilman Domenic M. Recchia Jr., said the “revitalization of South Brooklyn…would not be complete with the reopening of the New York Aquarium.”
The partial reopening will include Glover’s Reef; exhibits in Main Hall (Coral Triangle of Fiji, Great Lakes of East Africa, and the Flooded Forests of the Amazon); outdoor spaces of Sea Cliffs (walrus, sea lions, harbor seals, sea otters and penguins); and a fully re-modeled Aquatheater with a new sea lion demonstration.
The estimated cost of full restoration and reconstruction is $65 million.
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