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Brooklyn’s New York Aquarium March 24, 2019

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The New York Aquarium is the oldest continuing operating aquarium in the US. It opened in Manhattan’s Battery Park Castle Garden in 1896. If you have ever boarded a ferry to take you to the Statue of Liberty that’s near where it was located. In 1957 it was relocated to Brooklyn’s Coney Island (and yes, I remember the opening). The Aquarium is part of the Wildlife Conservation Society which also runs four other parks including the Bronx Zoo, Central Park Zoo (my home base), Prospect Park Zoo and the Queens Zoo. The Aquarium was severely damaged by Hurricane Sandy in October of 2012.  A small, dedicated staff remained at the facility and saved over 90% of the animals in the collection. Fast forward to this past June and the Aquarium’s newest exhibit, Ocean Wonders: Sharks opened on June 30, 2018. It was time for a visit and we were not disappointed. Go visit and don’t forget to stroll down the boardwalk for some Nathan’s hot dogs and fries afterwards. Yum.

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1. Terry Phelan - March 24, 2019

I think I even remember the 1896 opening >

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judylobo - March 24, 2019

Guffaw

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2. Ellen Lee - March 24, 2019

Was there with volunteers from the Queens Zoo. Was not disappointed. The shark exhibit is amazing. Thanks for sharing

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3. bumper sticker - March 24, 2019

I love the Aquarium! Was there last summer and was totaled awed by the shark exhibit. I also caught the Sea Lion demonstration and saw Bruiser the sea lion. I remember when he was a pup at the Central Park Zoo and we all laughed about the little sea lion with the name Bruiser. Well, Bruiser certainly grew into his name — he’s a giant sea lion and so smart, too. He was the star of the demonstration!
I finished the day at the outdoor cafe on the roof of the shark building, basking in the late afternoon sun, smelling the ocean, and enjoying a cocktail with a blue gummy shark swimming inside. Altogether a great day!

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maryschwalm - March 24, 2019

Oooooh, we’ll have to go back on a roof patio kind of day! we were there in the rain. Fish didn’t mind!

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4. Mary Radice - March 24, 2019

Stunning and magical!! 🙂

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