National Park Service
For more than a century, Evacuation Day was celebrated each Nov. 25, marking the day British troops left New York City through the Battery in 1783. It was one of the city’s biggest holidays.
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.
Lady Liberty reopened Sunday, a relief to many tourists who had their hearts set on visiting the statue while they were in New York.
New York has 33 sites under the jurisdiction of the National Park Service, including the statue and nearby Ellis Island. They’ve been shut since Oct. 1 because of the partial federal shutdown.
The official said the state is working with parks officials to try to determine the cost of a plan to reopen the popular visitors’ destination in New York Harbor.
The staging area is slated to be at the federally operated Fort Wadsworth on Staten Island. Organizers of the Nov. 3 race say they’re working with city, state and federal officials to find an alternate site if the shutdown continues.
It is the season of outdoor adventures, but you have to be careful to avoid natural dangers like poison ivy. One place has found a novel way of eradicating the nuisance plant without using chemicals.
New York City is full of little nuggets of history long abandoned. Among them is the small, artificial Swinburne Island, located in New York Bay east of Staten Island.
In a statement announced late Monday afternoon. Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) said that the federal government will not go forward with plans to screen visitors once they arrive at Liberty and Ellis islands.
The National Park Service has decided to move security screening to Ellis Island.
Federal officials said visitors will now be screened on Ellis Island. NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly said the only way to protect the statue is to screen passengers before they get on the ferries.
Sandy caused billions of dollars in damage and left tens of thousands of people homeless after coming ashore Oct. 29. Six months later, major issues including housing, business, tourism and coastal protection still remain.
For some, Earth Day took on a special meaning this year in parts of the Tri-State Area ravaged by Superstorm Sandy.
The collection of artifacts at the Ellis Island museum was unharmed by superstorm Sandy, but had to be moved because it wasn’t possible to maintain the climate-controlled environment necessary for preservation.