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Storm-Damaged New York Aquarium To Partially Reopen This Spring

(credit: Julie Larsen Maher)

(credit: Julie Larsen Maher)

Superstorm Sandy

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – A comeback grows in Brooklyn.

After suffering extensive damage during Hurricane Sandy, the New York Aquarium will partially reopen this spring.

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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New York Aquarium: Queen Angelfish (credit: Julie Larsen Maher)

New York Aquarium: Queen Angelfish (credit: Julie Larsen Maher)

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.

For more information on the reopening of The New York Aquarium, click here.