4 thoughts on “New York Aquarium reopening after Hurricane Sandy

  1. It’s hard to believe it was one year ago today that Hurricane Sandy devastated our beloved New York Aquarium – flooding exhibits, putting our animals at risk, and leaving us powerless.

    What happened next is something I will never forget. It’s a story of hard work, determination and, above all, an incredible outpouring of support.

    From the staff who remained on site around the clock caring for animals, to the thousands of individuals who donated time and money, to the community that celebrated our partial reopening eight months later, it’s been a remarkable year.

    The continued existence of the aquarium was not a guarantee one year ago today. As the park began to fill up with water, I vividly recall thinking the damage to the facility and our marine life could be irreparable.

    Thankfully, with your support, I couldn’t have been more wrong. Twelve months later the aquarium is not only open, we’re working to redesign and rebuild in ways that will leave us more resilient in the future.

    Now it’s time to finish what we started together a year ago. We’re hard at work on our continued renovations and intent on providing an aquarium experience that New Yorkers – and New York’s marine life – deserve.

    Our biggest undertaking is a new exhibit, Ocean Wonders: Sharks! Wrapping the exhibit’s exterior is the shimmer wall, a mesmerizing work of art. The shimmer wall will be the centerpiece of our transformation, a beacon to the millions of visitors inspired by our marine treasures and dazzling shoreline.

    For a $100 donation, you can own a piece of the aquarium’s future by donating a virtual tile on the shimmer wall. You can even customize it with a message of support. Tiles also make great gifts!

    Today begins a new chapter in the history of the New York Aquarium. I hope you’ll join with us and the sharks, sea turtles, seals, and other marine wildlife that have inspired hundreds of thousands of visitors for generations.


    Jon Forrest Dohlin
    Director, New York Aquarium


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