NEW YORK: Aquarium Gone

The last visitors shuffled out into the brilliant sunshine of Manhattan's Battery Park. Inside the Aquarium, the big pool where the sea lions once arched their sleek backs was empty; in the green gloom of the cavernous, dank galleries, water gurgled away, the lights went dark. The world's biggest marine exhibit, its denizens shipped away, was being dismantled.

Soon a wrecking crew will start tearing down the big grey, circular building that has stood on the Battery for 134 years. Its solid, eight-foot walls will be leveled to make way for the wide approaches to Manhattan's new vehicular tunnel under the...

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