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WCS’s New York Aquarium Releases Timeline Photos of Ocean Wonders: Sharks! Construction in 2015

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Brooklyn, N.Y. – Jan. 13, 2016 – WCS’s (Wildlife Conservation Society) New York Aquarium released today a photographic look back on Ocean Wonders: Sharks! construction in 2015.  Ocean Wonders: Sharks! will be a 57,000-square-foot building featuring sharks, rays, sea turtles, and thousands of schooling fish. It will hold more than 500,000 gallons of water in fully immersive and interactive exhibits, forging connections between people and wildlife while highlighting the need for conservation of delicate marine ecosystems.



Photo 1 – OW in Jan. 2015 – A year after the Ocean Wonders: Sharks! groundbreaking, crews worked in hostile weather to lay below-grade infrastructure including life-support, plumbing and other utility piping Photo Credit: Ray Davis © WCS

Photo 2 – 0929 –WCS and Turner Construction crews celebrated the topping out of Ocean Wonders: Sharks! by raising the United States flag on the top floor of the building in June 2015. When the building opens visitors on the top floor will see out to  the Atlantic Ocean and up and down the Coney Island Boardwalk.

Photo Credit: Julie Larsen Maher © WCS

Photo 3 – 3rd Flr looking east – By October, the seasons were changing, and the air started to get crisper and cooler. This photo shows a view of the Atlantic Ocean from the Learning Laboratory atop Ocean Wonders: Sharks!. From  the rooftop  visitors will enjoy a breathtaking look at Coney Island and the nearby shoreline.

Photo Credit: Muni Abdullah

Photo 4 – Spiral Entry Entrance – By November, the building’s exterior was transforming into an architectural marvel. Shown here is the base structure for the building’s future spiral entry.

Photo Credit: Muni Abdullah

Photo 5 – Aerial View 2 – This year-end photo shows an aerial view of the work site.

Photo Credit: Muni Abdullah

This project would not be possible without the leadership of the Mayor of the City of New York, the New York City Council, the Office of the Brooklyn Borough President, the Office of the Staten Island Borough President, the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, the New York City Economic Development Corporation as well as WCS Trustee Barbara Hrbek Zucker, Donald Zucker, and many other generous supporters.

Wildlife Conservation Society's New York Aquarium is open every day of the year. Summer hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. Fall/winter/spring hours are 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., daily. Tickets are $11.95 per person (ages 3 & up), and include Aquarium admission plus one admission to the new 4-D Theater; children age 2 and under are admitted free. Fridays after 4 p.m. in the summer and after 3 p.m. in the fall, Aquarium admission is by pay-what-you-wish donation. Last entry is one hour before closing. The aquarium is located on Surf Avenue at West 8th Street in Coney Island.  The New York Aquarium is located on property owned by the City of New York, and its operation is made possible in part by public funds provided through the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs. For directions, information on public events and programs, and other aquarium information, call 718-265-FISH or visit our web site at Now is the perfect time to visit and show support for the WCS New York Aquarium, a beloved part of Brooklyn and all of the City of New York. Due to Hurricane Sandy we are partially opened. Check our website for more information.

WCS (Wildlife Conservation Society)

MISSION: WCS saves wildlife and wild places worldwide through science, conservation action, education, and inspiring people to value nature. To achieve our mission, WCS, based at the Bronx Zoo, harnesses the power of its Global Conservation Program in nearly 60 nations and in all the world’s oceans and its five wildlife parks in New York City, visited by 4 million people annually. WCS combines its expertise in the field, zoos, and aquarium to achieve its conservation mission. Visit: Follow: @WCSNewsroom. For more information: 347-840-1242.


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