New York Aquarium set for partial reopening in the spring

Good news: The attraction, hit hard during Hurricane Sandy, will reopen some of its exhibits in late spring.

New York Aquarium

New York Aquarium Julie Larsen Maher

For those of us who were worried about the fate of the New York Aquarium—which sustained heavy damage as a result of Hurricane Sandy—there's good news: The Wildlife Conservation Society announced today that parts of the Coney Island attraction will reopen come spring. Only a few exhibits will be open to the public, including Glover's Reef (which houses fish and coral from the Belize reef of the same name), a revamped Aquatheater (with a brand-new sea lion show) and some of the Sea Cliffs, home to animals like walruses, penguins and sea otters.

Thanks to its beachfront location, the aquarium was hit particularly hard by Hurricane Sandy: Its air-conditioning and heating systems, exhibit interiors and aquatic life-support systems were all significantly damaged by the storm. Luckily, most of the animals who lived there came out fine. Alas, no word yet on when Mitik the baby walrus—whose rescue story captivated New Yorkers last fall—will make his public debut.

The aquarium expects to make a full recovery (to the tune of approximately $65 million), but if you're interested in helping out—whether through financial donations or simply by extending a hearty thanks to its staff—visit its website.