Back in 2010, New York's high officials agreed to offer their support to the building of a new structure for the New York Aquarium, which is expected to house an exhibition entitled “Ocean Wonders: Sharks!”
Apparently, work on this project is going pretty well, seeing how a virtual tour for this exhibit has just been made available for the general public. Naturally, this means that the design part is pretty much done with, and that the New York Aquarium will soon benefit from the makeover it has been longing for these past couple of years.
In one of his most recent interviews on this topic, New York City's Mayor, Michael Bloomberg, made a case of how, “From the start, the exciting expansion and renovation of the New York Aquarium has been a vital part of our efforts to revive Coney Island.”
Furthermore, “The project is going to make the Aquarium much more visible and visually exciting to Coney Island’s thousands of visitors – from those strolling the Boardwalk to others visiting the Aquarium itself.”
As Sheepshead Bites informs us, this new structure which is to be added to the New York Aquarium by the year 2015 will measure a total of 57,000 square feet, and will provide about 115 species of marine animals with the environmental conditions they need to live amongst humans.
Thus, visitors to the “Ocean Wonders: Sharks!” exhibit will be able to gaze at countless fish species, sea turtles, rays, and – obviously – various sharks (about 40 species, to be more precise).
According to the same source, Domenic Recchia, City Councilman for Coney Island, backed up the Mayor's statements, explaining how, “New York City residents, including myself, have enjoyed many memorable moments at the New York Aquarium and I am certain that there will be many more in store after the establishment of the Shark Tank.”
It may be a while before this exhibit will become a reality, but for the time being we can enjoy its virtual tour, made available for you in the video below.