CONEY ISLAND & NEW YORK AQUARIUM
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August 7th, 2006 – by: mellemel8
Welcome to the New York Aquarium - where the City meets the Sea. As the only aquarium in New York City and part of the largest network of metropolitan wildlife parks in the country, the New York Aquarium holds a special place in the mission of the Wildlife Conservation Society - To save wildlife and wild places around the globe.
The Aquarium is driven by a vision of a world where people understand the critical role the oceans play in human survival and the sensitivity of aquatic resources. Our education programs strive to encourage people to place a high personal priority on the protection of marine and freshwater ecosystems and the rich diversity of aquatic wildlife, which they sustain.
With exhibits featuring over 8,000 animals, the Aquarium offers diversity, superb viewing, and world-renowned scientific expertise that assures a rewarding experience and the knowledge that people can make a difference in the ocean world around them. Learn about animals living as far away as the Southwest coast of Africa and the Arctic to those found locally in our own Hudson River.
Whether you're getting wrapped up in the tentacles of our jellies in our brand new Alien Stingers exhibit, being awe-struck by our walruses in the rocky coastline of Sea Cliffs, or cheering on our California sea lions during their Aquatheater presentations, you're always close to some of the world's most amazing wildlife. You'll also see that our organization has depth beyond the great exhibits. We are a science-based conservation organization that has more expert researchers in the field than any other.
Coney Island is a peninsula, formerly an island, in southernmost Brooklyn, New York City, USA, with a beach lying on the Atlantic Ocean. The eponymous neighborhood is a community of 60,000 people in the western part of the peninsula, with Seagate to its west; Brighton Beach and Manhattan Beach to its east; and Gravesend to the north.
The area was a major resort and home of Astroland amusement park that reached its peak in the early 20th century. It declined in popularity after World War II and endured years of neglect.
Coney Island is the westernmost of the barrier islands of Long Island, about four miles long and one-half mile wide. It used to be an island, separated from the main part of Brooklyn by Coney Island Creek, part of which was little more than tidal flats. There were plans into the 20th century to dredge and straighten the creek as a ship canal, but they were abandoned and the center of the creek was filled in for construction of the Belt Parkway before World War II. The western and eastern ends are now peninsulas.
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