STORM SURGE: Superstorm Sandy overran The New York Aquarium with oily, debris-filled water, knocked out backup power to the exhibits and caused roughly $65 million in damage.
SURVIVAL FEARS: Managers wondered whether the aquarium could survive in the spot on Coney Island it's called home since 1957. Five months later, more than 80 percent of the 12,000-animal collection is intact, and visitors should be able to see walruses, angelfish, otters and others when about half the aquarium reopens in late spring.
REBUILDING: A planned expansion remains on track. The new $120 million shark building will be raised several feet higher to meet new flood-zone requirements.