Seven-Story Aquarium May Come to Times Square

Good news for those of you sick of taking your dates to Dave & Buster’s after eating at the Olive Garden. Toronto developer Jerry Shefsky says he has signed the preliminary papers to bring a seven-story aquarium to Times Square. The $100 million project would turn the bottom floors of a 40-story building at the western edge of the square into a huge aquarium.

Acknowledging that aquariums inside skyscrapers aren’t exactly typical, Shefsky said this one will be unique, with half the space devoted to water exhibits, and the rest of the space to feature a pirate museum and other displays.

It’s anything but an aquarium in the format you might imagine,” he said.

Shefsky says he already has financial backers lined up for the project, though he would not reveal their identities. And while the lease hasn’t been officially signed yet, Shefsky says he is hoping the aquarium will be ready to open by September 2011.

Deal May Bring Aquarium to Times Square [WSJ]

Seven-Story Aquarium May Come to Times Square