Ellis Island


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Ellis Island,

island, c.27 acres (10.9 hectares), in Upper New York Bay, SW of Manhattan island. Government-controlled since 1808, it was long the site of an arsenal and a fort, but most famously served (1892–1954) as the chief immigration station of the United States. It is estimated that 40% of all Americans had an ancestor arrive at Ellis Island. Now part of the Statue of Liberty National Monument (see Liberty, Statue ofLiberty, Statue of,
statue on Liberty Island in Upper New York Bay, commanding the entrance to New York City. Liberty Island, c.10 acres (4 hectares), formerly Bedloe's Island (renamed in 1956), was the former site of a quarantine station and harbor fortifications.
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), the island was opened to tourists in 1976. In 1990 an immigration museum was opened, and many records of immigrant arrivals have been computerized and are available there and on line. In 1998 the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that, pursuant to an 1834 interstate compact, only the original 3.3 acres (1.3 hectares) belong to New York, the remainder (created by landfill operations) belongs to New Jersey. See also Angel IslandAngel Island,
largest island in San Francisco Bay, W Calif. Explored by the Spanish in 1775, it came under U.S. control in 1851. The U.S. army used the island as a base from 1863 to 1946, and from 1955 to 1962 a radar and missile site was there.
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Ellis Island

immigration center where many families were separated; “isle of tears.” [Am. Hist.: Flexner, 193]
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Still, Alec said if he was really at Ellis Island as an immigrant, he wouldn't be so eager to be deported.
My parents were born in Hungary and they came to America legally through Ellis Island.
Indeed, those who passed through Ellis Island, which was closed down 50 years ago this month, went on to become some of this country's leading figures, including Supreme Court Justice Felix Frankfurter (from Austria), actors Bob Hope (England) and Rudolph Valentino (Italy), and helicopter inventor Igor Sikorsky (Russia).
Between 1892 and 1943, Ellis Island in New York was the major immigration station in the US.
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Refugees fleeing starvation and other hardships passed through Ellis Island during the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
On a gray weekday morning, I went to Ellis Island with little armies of school children, in search of the past.
Only after years of reform Between 1903 and 1920, 10 million people emigrated to the United States by passing through the portals of the receiving station on Ellis Island.
The Ellis Island Family Heritage Awards are given annually to a select number of immigrants or their descendants to celebrate the Golden Door to America for the 17 million immigrants who came through the Port of New York and Ellis Island.
The Museum's real estate lawyer, Ray Sanseverino, a chair of the commercial leasing division with Brown Raysman who, according to Schwalb, was "at the heart of the deal," said the Museum will be able to draw the tourists on their way to the Statue of Liberty and the Ellis Island ferries.
They were living in a tenement on New York City's Lower East Side - not too far from Ellis Island, where they and tens of thousands of other immigrant families entered this country, seeking a better life.
In 2006, PVH, through its Arrow brand, donated $500,000 to the cause, directly assisting in the re-opening of the historic Ferry Building on Ellis Island.