TODAY'S PAPER
73° Good Morning
73° Good Morning
NewsNew York

New York Aquarium to reopen

The aquarium had to close after being damaged

The aquarium had to close after being damaged by Superstorm Sandy. (Julie Larsen Maher/WCS) Credit: The aquarium had to close after being damaged by Superstorm Sandy. (Julie Larsen Maher/WCS)

Get your galoshes ready. The New York Aquarium will partially reopen late this spring, thanks to restorations to the park after it was damaged by Superstorm Sandy.

The Wildlife Conservation Society announced Tuesday that the aquarium's reopening will include Glover's Reef; exhibits in the Main Hall; the outdoor spaces of Sea Cliffs, which house the walrus, sea lions, harbor seals, sea otters and penguins; and a full remodeled Aquatheater with a new sea lion demonstration.

Education programs will resume on a limited basis, including the teen docent program, student summer camp and educator training.

The Brooklyn aquarium suffered severe damage when Superstorm Sandy hit the city in October.

The surge completely or partially flooded all of the buildings in the 14-acre park, according to the WCS. The organization estimates that the cost of the aquarium's full restoration comes to roughly $65 million.

"The New York Aquarium has been an important part of ... Brooklyn since 1957," WCS President and CEO Christián Samper said in a statement. "This partial reopening will ensure that the aquarium can help all of New York City experience a strong comeback from the devastation caused by Hurricane Sandy."

WCS is planning for an expansion of the park, to be called Ocean Wonders: Sharks! The aquarium staff will also continue to work closely with the WCS Global Marine Program, conducting conservation research between Cape May, N.J. and Montauk.

More news