By JENNIFER PELTZ
NEW YORK (AP) - The New York Aquarium has cherished its big-city setting by the sea for half a century. But the ocean that is the aquarium's lifeblood dealt it a shattering blow last fall.
Five months later, more than 80% of the collection is intact. The parent Wildlife Conservation Society intends to reopen about half the aquarium in late spring.
A planned expansion of its shark exhibit remains on track. Now, that's coupled with rebuilding and floodproofing the Coney Island institution.
Aquarium Director Jon Forrest Dohlin says directors thought at points about whether the aquarium could survive there.
He says they want to be there, tell the story of how the aquarium handled the storm and talk about how New York can weather the future in its coastal environment.
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A new poll conducted by Quinnipiac University found overwhelming opposition to the way the arrest of Eric Garner was handled while the majority support the broken windows policy, which cracks down on low-level crimes to prevent bigger ones from occurring. Garner's death has brought the policy into the spotlight. The Staten Island man had been selling untaxed cigarettes when he was arrested. A police officer placed him in a chokehold and Garner died.