NY Aquarium breaks ground on shark exhibit

A rendering of Ocean Wonders: Sharks! scheduled to open at the New York Aquarium in 2016. Photo courtesy of the Wildlife Conservation Society

Brooklyn Daily Eagle

The Wildlife Conservation Society's New York Aquarium has broken ground on a new building that will house sharks and other marine wildlife.

The 57,000-square-foot facility will be called Ocean Wonders: Sharks! In addition to sharks it will house 115 species including skates, rays and sea turtles.

The new exhibit will include a laboratory where schoolchildren can learn about marine life and habitats.

The $157.1 million project is slated for completion in 2016.

Mayor Bill de Blasio said in a statement that Friday's groundbreaking marked "a huge step" in the aquarium's recovery after Superstorm Sandy.

The storm surge from Sandy flooded tanks with debris-filled water and knocked out backup power to all of the exhibits. Many of them reopened to the public in May.

The Coney Island facility gets 750,000 visitors annually.

January 10, 2014 - 1:00pm



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