When we fully reopen in 2016 we will be much more than a new building
and a cleaned up campus. The new aquarium will be the home of the WCS
New York Seascape program -- our research and conservation program
focusing on our rivers, harbor, and ocean from Cape May, New Jersey to
Montauk, Long Island.
Our visitors will experience firsthand the
marine conservation challenges facing New York waters. For the first
time, they'll get a window into the ocean wilderness that surrounds this
city of islands. They'll understand the issues that face us as a
coastal city in an era of rising seas and extreme weather, and how the
aquarium is working with partners on every front to help build the
economic, cultural, and ecological resilience this city needs in order
The new New York Aquarium hopes to become an even greater
wellspring to an interest, a passion, an education, a career. Photo:
Julie Larsen Maher ©WCS.
Visitors will follow the journey of sharks tagged by our scientists in
the Great South Bay as they migrate down the coast into the waters of
Delaware, the Carolinas and Florida. New Yorkers will join in our work
through citizen science programs that will begin to unravel the
population dynamics of skates and rays in our waters.
Guests will be introduced to the Hudson Canyon, an offshore submarine
formation the size of the Grand Canyon, whose walls rise three-quarters
of a mile from the ocean floor. There we hope to help create a National
Marine Sanctuary that will protect deep sea corals and the unique
ecosystems found in this marvelous place.
The renovated aquarium will be ocean-facing, inviting Coney
Island visitors to step in off the boardwalk and learn more about their
marine environment. Graphic: The Portico Group ©WCS.
visit to the new New York Aquarium will become the inspiring start to
an interest, a passion, an education, a career. Our economic
contribution to one of New York's most underserved communities through
jobs and expenditures will be stronger than ever.