The futuristic-looking building rising over the Coney Island Boardwalk
will give visitors quality time with more than 45 sharks and one killer
view of the ocean.
The New York Aquarium’s much-anticipated $157 million “Ocean Wonders:
Sharks!” won’t open for another year, but the Daily News got an
exclusive look and details about the 57,000-square foot, three-story
structure and its breathtaking vistas of the Atlantic Ocean.
“It’s really about reminding New Yorkers about the waters around us and
opening their eyes to the wilderness that is New York City underwater,”
said Susan Chin, chief architect for the Wildlife Conservation Society,
which operates the aquarium. “It’s a very dramatic and beautiful
She said the building’s wave-like design was inspired
by schooling fish. When construction is completed, an art piece titled
“Shimmer Wall” will wrap the structure with 33,000 aluminum tiles that
move with the wind and reflect the sky and the ocean.
The project started 10 years ago, but was delayed after Hurricane Sandy
heavily damaged the aquarium in 2012. As a result, the new building
will have features to withstand future storms.