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Wed, Sep 12: Press Conference at Staten Island Ferry

September 6, 2018

Wed, Sep 12

Please RSVP to:
Jennifer Ballesteros:, subject line: SI ferry RSVP


This summer, the Billion Oyster Project in cooperation with the New York City Department of Transportation, Division of Ferries, initiated a partnership to re-design the aquariums at Staten Island Ferry Terminal. While the tanks have historically displayed fish and acted as a welcoming exhibit for the terminal, they will now take on an educational purpose, themed around New York City’s Billion Oyster Project.

The tanks will re-open with educational content in 2019. A committee to include marine biologists, educators, museum curators, maritime businesses, fisheries experts, aquarists, and design professionals is in formation to help exchange ideas on the new theme. In the meantime, educational panels designed by award-winning SCAPE Landscape Architecture will highlight the Living Breakwaters project, show visitors life under the Staten Island Ferry, and showcase the work of the Billion Oyster Project.

This first phase of the transformation of the Ferry Aquariums is made possible through a generous grant from the Northfield Bank Foundation and designed by SCAPE Landscape Architecture. The Ferry Aquariums have also been sponsored by Empire Outlets.

In attendance and available to answer questions:

  • Susan Lamberti, Chair; Tim Harrison, Vice Chair; Diane Senerchia, Executive Director; Northfield Bank Foundation
  • Pete Malinowski, Co-founder and Executive Director, Billion Oyster Project
  • Kate Orff, Founder and Principal, SCAPE Landscape Architecture
  • Ed Burke, Deputy Borough President, Staten Island Borough President’s Office


  • This will be the opportunity for press to speak with project leaders, ask questions, and take photographs of the tank’s large-scale temporary designs from SCAPE Landscape Architecture.
  • Northfield Bank Foundation will make a check presentation to Billion Oyster Project.

St. George Ferry Terminal on Staten Island, Aquarium Tanks

Wednesday, September 12, 11am–12pm
Please RSVP to:
Jennifer Ballesteros:, subject line: SI ferry RSVP

About Billion Oyster Project
Billion Oyster Project is a nonprofit initiative restoring oyster reefs to New York Harbor through public education initiatives. Launched in 2014, the project aims to restore one billion oysters to New York City waters by the year 2035. With the ability to filter water, provide habitat for many marine species, and help shield NYC shorelines from storm damage, oysters have the power to protect life in and out of the water.

To date, Billion Oyster Project has planted 26.5 million oysters so far, engaging 6,000+ students, 9,000+ volunteers, and 70+ NYC restaurant partners. The project’s hands-on science and restoration curriculum is taught at 70+ schools across the city. To follow the journey toward 1 billion oysters restored, subscribe to Billion Oyster Project’s e-newsletter at, and follow @billionoyster on Twitter and Instagram and @billionoysterproject on Facebook.