Intrepid Museum Closes for Two-Year Renovation
NEW YORK (1010 WINS) — 1010 WINS
Sunday was for the Intrepid his last day as a floating museum before being hauled off to drydock in Bayonne, N.J., for a two-year renovation.
The $58 million overhaul will include repainting the Intrepid’s hull and rebuilding the Hudson River pier that has been its home as the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum.
In addition, some areas that have been closed to visitors, including crew living quarters in the lower decks, will be fixed up so that they can become part of the tour when the museum reopens in the fall of 2008.
The 27,000-ton carrier, a key component of the U.S. Pacific Fleet during World War II, was slated for the scrapyard when Zachary Fisher, a real estate developer, rescued it and brought it to New York in 1981. It opened as a naval and air museum the following year.