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Mayor and WCS announce a major new building for the New York Aquarium

Photograph: Cinzia Reale-Castello

Today, Mayor Bloomberg and the Wildlife Conservation Society have announced that the New York Aquarium is getting a major design addition: a 57,000-square-foot building to house a new "Ocean Wonders: Sharks!" exhibition, set to open in 2015. The multimillion dollar project is the newest component of the city's Coney Island Revitalization Plan, but it is a decidedly public-private endeavor, with $34 million to come from WCS fund-raising efforts. There families will be able to explore 115 species of marine animals, including sharks, rays, sea turtles and thousands of other kinds of fish. With immersive and interactive exhibits as well as cool design features such as a 1,101-foot-long "shimmer" wall that will wrap the exterior, the building will help make Coney Island the exciting year-round attraction it should be. The groundbreaking is set for October 2012; meanwhile, families can check out the Aquarium's exhibit—where kids can learn all about the New York seascape by taking part in fun activities and walking through a 1,500-square-foot maze—and get to know some of the new building's inhabitants in their current, much more modest digs.

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