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Thread: Intrepid Sea-Air-Space Museum Space Shuttle Expansion

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    Looks like the folks over at the Intrepid are rebuilding something a bit more substantial around the shuttle this time around.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GordonGecko View Post
    they really should have put the flag in the right direction on both sides of the shuttle
    That represents a soldier running with the flag; aerodynamics does the rest.

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    Shuttle Enterprise Exhibit to Reopen in New Temporary Home


    Published: July 9, 2013

    Eight months after Hurricane Sandy left the space shuttle Enterprise damaged and unprotected,
    officials of the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum are ready to unveil its new temporary home
    on Wednesday. But where the Enterprise will end up in the long run remains an open question.

    Officials of the museum — a World War II-era aircraft carrier docked at Midtown Manhattan — want
    to construct an annex on land to house the shuttle, opposite the West Side Highway. The desired
    property belongs to the State Transportation Department, though, and its initial asking price of about
    $2.4 million in annual rent may be too steep for the museum.

    Museum officials challenged that price, saying the property is not in a “good” area because its neighbors
    include two strip clubs, two carwashes and a closed bagel bakery. According to documents gathered
    through a Freedom of Information Law request, they have asked for a discount because they are seeking
    the site not for commercial purposes, but for a nonprofit museum. The Intrepid museum currently uses
    the land for parking.

    Susan Marenoff-Zausner, the museum’s president, said the only alternative being considered was to build
    a permanent structure for the 75-ton shuttle on Pier 86, beside the Intrepid. But the hurricane temporarily
    left the pier submerged under several feet of water, revealing how vulnerable it could be in future storms.
    Ms. Marenoff-Zausner said a structure for the Enterprise, which was the prototype for the shuttles that carried
    astronauts into orbit, would raise it one story above street level to protect it from flooding.

    With the shuttle’s 122-foot length, displaying the Enterprise upright would require that structure to be as tall
    as a 13-story building.
    “When Sandy hit, everything just got put on hold,” Ms. Marenoff-Zausner said in an interview.
    She said the long-term plan for the Enterprise had not changed: “We’re looking to build a museum around the shuttle.”

    The path to that goal has been rocky. The Enterprise has been damaged twice since it arrived in New York City in
    April 2012 on the back of a 747 jet.
    One of its wings was chipped while it was being moved by barge from Kennedy International Airport to the Intrepid.

    Then, just three months after the Enterprise was put on display in an inflatable pavilion on the Intrepid’s flight deck,
    Hurricane Sandy swamped the power source that kept that bubble inflated. The storm’s winds shredded the material
    protecting the shuttle and left its vertical stabilizer damaged.

    That will not happen again, Ms. Marenoff-Zausner said, because the inflatable pavilion’s replacement, which is made
    of metal, is “solid.” It can withstand “a higher level of hurricane than what we had,” she said.
    In addition to the museum’s regular admission price of as much as $24, adults will be charged $7 to enter the pavilion.
    When the first pavilion opened last summer, the premium was $6.

    The foundation that operates the museum has not started to raise money to build a permanent home for the Enterprise.
    The Enterprise is likely to remain in its new pavilion for at least a few years, but Ms. Marenoff-Zausner said that leaving
    it there permanently was “not really on the table.”

    Nor, it seems, is buying the lot across the highway. Two appraisals set its value at about $40 million, which the
    Transportation Department considers fair, a spokesman, Beau Duffy, said. At that value, the rent should be about
    $2.4 million a year, according to documents the department provided.

    Lawyers for the Intrepid argue that the state transportation commissioner has the discretion to lower the price for
    a less-commercial use of the land, like for a museum. But the department had not agreed to do that before discussions
    were suspended after the hurricane struck.

    Mr. Duffy said that the department had not decided whether it would lease the lot to the Intrepid and that it was
    “still in the fact-finding stage of the process.”

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