By Cary Trochesset and Claire Webb

A major goal of the proposed new shark exhibit at the New York Aquarium on Coney Island is to enrich the public’s knowledge of the vast marine life that thrives just off the coast of New York. A recent video by the New York Times highlights how the Wildlife Conservation Society, the owner-operator for the Aquarium, is conducting underwater research of local shipwrecks to best portray this hidden world. The New York Waters exhibit will showcase a typical New York shipwreck as well as the unique local marine species like sharks, anemones, and mussels that are attracted to it. The exhibit will mimic the researcher’s experience of diving at the wreck for Aquarium visitors.

Edelman Sultan Knox Wood / Architects is the Associate Architect for Ocean Wonders: Sharks! The animation of the 3D model featured in the video was done by The Portico Group, the lead Project Architect. For a full list of consultants or more information about this project, please email Cary at

Rendering of the New York Aquarium courtesy of The Portico Group