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WNYC News

Ellis Island Reopens Nearly a Year Since Sandy

Monday, October 28, 2013

Ellis Island is open to visitors again for the first time since Sandy destroyed some of its infrastructure. It's a little empty, though. The artifacts from the immigration museum won't return until the spring.

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WNYC News

Statue of Liberty Shutdown Takes Tourists By Surprise

Tuesday, October 01, 2013

At Battery Park this morning, some tourists were shocked to find that the Statue of Liberty, the Castle Clinton National Monument and Ellis Island were closed.

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WNYC News

Sandy Damage Shutters Symbol of US Immigration Until Next Year

Thursday, May 02, 2013

For more than a hundred years, visitors have been passing through Ellis Island. But since it opened as a national park, instead of the poor, huddled masses entering the 19th century building it's their descendents and tourists streaming in. All that changed after Sandy, whose flood waters covered the entire island.

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WNYC News

Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island Still Closed Post-Sandy

Monday, February 04, 2013

Three months after Sandy, Liberty Island and Ellis Island are still closed and without power.

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WNYC News

Ellis Island Museum Collection Making Temporary Move to Maryland

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Liberty and Ellis Islands hold a special place in the life and history of New York City.

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WNYC News

Living in the Shadow of Lady Liberty No More

Friday, November 30, 2012

The National Park Service has a tradition. The caretaker of Lady Liberty gets to live on island with her.  But because of Sandy, the current superintendent of the Statue of Liberty National Park may be the last to follow the tradition.

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WNYC News

Ellis Island, Statue of Liberty to Remain Closed Until 2013

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

The Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island will remain closed for the rest of the year, according to the U.S. National Park Service, as it continues to assess the damage from after Sandy. 

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Features

Want to Learn Your History? Get Ellis Island Oral Histories for Free, Online

Friday, September 03, 2010

Thanks to a partnership between the online genealogy group ancestry.com and the National Parks Service, the oral histories of Ellis Island immigrants are available online, and for free, to anyone who wants to click.

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WNYC News

Secretary of the Interior Visits Ellis Island

Friday, January 23, 2009

A window in one of dozens of unrestored Elis Island historic buildings

A window in one of dozens of unrestored Elis Island historic buildings

Deferred maintenance - a window into one of dozens of unrestored Ellis Island historic buildings. Just a handful of the 33 structures through which generations of immigrants passed have been preserved. The National Park site was visited by Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar Friday.

During his confirmation hearing he promised Senator Bob Menendez that he would come visit both the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island which are both under the jurisdiction of Salazar's Department. Menendez, Congressman Albio Sires of Hudson County and Congressman Anthony Weiner of Brooklyn also lobbied Salazar to reopen the crown of the Statue of Liberty to tourists. It has been closed since 9/11 over public safety concerns.

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