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Get out of the water! Massive shark tank to open at New York Aquarium

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Shark Week is coming to Brooklyn — and it’s going to last all year long.

More than $125 million has been set aside to build a massive New York Aquarium exhibit entitled, “Ocean Wonders: Sharks,” which they say will be home to more than 40 of the beloved sea predators, as well as 115 different species of fish, sea turtles, and rays.

The tank, which will be about the size of a football field, will be run by the Wildlife Conservation Society — Aquarium operators who will be pouring $34.4 million of private donations into the project on Surf Avenue and W. 5th Street.

A Wildlife Conservation Society spokeswoman said it was too soon to know what the largest shark in the exhibit will be, but ruled out that a great white will be swimming toward Coney Island, since the mammoth creatures are rarely found in captivity.

Borough boosters said the new shark tank will make Coney Island home to one of the most popular aquarium’s in the nation.

“Usually, the cry of ‘shark!’ means fewer visitors to the waterfront, but here in Brooklyn, it’ll mean more!” said Borough President Markowitz, who is pledging an additional $93.1 million in taxpayer funds to the project. “Atlanta, I want you to hear me: you’ve had your day.”

The new state-of-the-art tank will also add to Coney Island’s ongoing transformation into an upscale, year-round tourist destination when it opens in 2015, city officials say.

“We’re launching the next phase of Coney Island’s revival,” Mayor Bloomberg said on Thursday. “It will be the centerpiece.”

Construction on the tank is scheduled to begin in the fall.

Updated 5:35 pm, July 9, 2018
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Reasonable discourse

Rufus Leaking from At says:
These will be pool sharks then.
Aug. 18, 2012, 9:46 am
Brooklyn from Moo says:
Coney Island Aquarium - if you can even call it that - is a terrible, run down, swamp of a place - its small, cramped, the animals have next to no space - it is in desperate need of an upgrade and repair - I hope this does something to fix it up - We live in the greatest city in the world and the state of that place is more like a 3rd world country than a top tier facility...
Aug. 18, 2012, 7:38 pm
scott from park slope says:
I agree it's small, but it's a pleasant enough facility. My kids love it. Especially the jellyfish. A huge shark tank would be a welcome addition.
Aug. 19, 2012, 8:24 am
John from Ditmas Park says:
I'm with you Brooklyn Moo. For all its folk art sensibility, some parts of Brooklyn revel in drabness and the bland.
Aug. 20, 2012, 11:46 pm
Mike from Sunset Park says:
Borough President Markowitz, who is pledging an additional $93.1 million in taxpayer funds to the project. “Atlanta, I want you to hear me: you’ve had your day.”

...really?

and how many hospital closings, school program cutbacks and pension upheavals, etc, etc, etc... have there been because of a lack of funding. But hey I guess it'll all pay for itself with those millions of tourist dollars that will be attracted to coming to the furthest destination from Manhattan. Thanks for looking out for the tax paying citizens. wHoa!
our non-wealthy residents are in need, hope it's a real nice shark tank
Aug. 21, 2012, 3:33 pm

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