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Coney Island is in the southern part of Brooklyn, bordering the Atlantic Ocean. The area is well-known for its amusement parks, boardwalk, and arcades. Another landmark attraction is the NY Aquarium. It is the oldest continually operating aquarium in the USA, founded in 1896. It’s been located on the Coney Island boardwalk since 1957.

The aquarium, and all of the zoos in New York City, are operated by the Wildlife Conservation Society. Its mission is to save wildlife through science, education, and awareness.

A massive new expansion began in January 2014, and is scheduled to open in 2018. It was originally scheduled to begin two years earlier, but construction was delayed due to Hurricane Sandy. During that large storm in late 2012 the aquarium suffered major damage, but thankfully 90 percent of the animals were saved.

There has always been a large and colorful mural on the boardwalk highlighting the aquarium and the work it does to educate the public. When I visited a few days ago, I found that a new mural had replaced the old one, and the finishing touches were still being put on. Here you can see the artist at work. I told her that I liked the new mural, and she graciously thanked me.

In the WS you can see the entire work of art.

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