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New York Aquarium to partially reopen in spring 2013

Just in time for summer, the Coney Island landmark is poised to open some of its doors for the first time since October's Hurricane Sandy.

New York Aquarium

New York Aquarium Photograph: Cinzia Reale-Castello

When it comes to Hurricane Sandy–related updates, it's nice to be the bearer of good news: The beloved New York Aquarium, says the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), will partially reopen in late spring. The aquarium suffered extensive damage during last October's Hurricane Sandy and, like the rest of Coney Island (Luna Park included), has been slowly rebuilding itself. Areas that will reopen include Glover’s Reef, exhibits in the Main Hall, the outdoor spaces of Sea Cliffs and a fully remodeled Aquatheater with a new sea-lion demonstration. The WCS is still developing details for the aquarium’s full restoration, which will happen in tandem with the expansion we reported on back in August. Its centerpiece will be the gargantuan, multimillion-dollar "Ocean Wonders: Sharks!" exhibition, which we're pretty excited about already.

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