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

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

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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.”

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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.


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