The halls and buildings of the Ellis Island Immigration Museum reopened to the public Monday morning, almost exactly a year after the storm.
Sandy brought water levels as high as 8 feet to the iconic former U.S. immigration entry point.
A large crowd gathered for the holiday and ribbon-cutting ceremony at Liberty Island with federal officials and Mayor Michael Bloomberg. Lines stretched blocks long for the boat, which left from Battery Park in Manhattan.
The storm flooded most of Liberty Island in New York Harbor. Lady Liberty herself was spared, but the surrounding grounds took a beating.
The Statue of Liberty survived Sandy unscathed, but the island she lives on was so severely ravaged that it remains unsafe for visitors more than a month later.
The Statue of Liberty survived Superstorm Sandy without any damage, but such was not the case for Liberty Island.
A year after it was closed for renovations, visitors will once again be able to take in the views from the crown of the Statue of Liberty.