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Tenements: the Immigrant Skyscraper

While in many ways New York City is still the gateway to America, it was even more true in the early 1900s when every immigrant to the United States passed through Ellis Island on the East coast (Angel Island on the West coast) and then New York City. If New York was their destination then early immigrants very likely ended up living in a tenement building in the Lower East

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People Places and Things

Scenes of Ellis Island

After years of restoration work, Ellis Island reopened to the public in 1990. The main building where immigrants-to-be were processed and interviewed is now an immigration museum. Restoration continues and is needed in other buildings and the grounds. Save Ellis Island is an organization that raises awareness and funds for the restoration and preservation of this important chapter of American history.

Ellis Island is well worth a visit especially for expats, immigrants and all those who can appreciate the sacrifices made by those early Americans. The only way to Ellis Island is by ferry and the best thing to do isĀ 

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People Places and Things

Ellis Island of History

Prior to 1954, the process and paperwork for immigrating and moving to the United States happened on Ellis Island — the immigration station and gateway to the U.S. When federal policies changed (potential expats and immigrants now apply at the embassies in the country of origin), Ellis Island was closed and abandoned. As part of the project for the centennial restoration of the Statue of Liberty, public attention was drawn to Ellis

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Ellis Island of Dreams

For many, history is a collection of dry and boring facts and figures. For others, history can be a self-reflection and revelation especially when it comes to one’s ancestry. For expats and immigrants, there is probably no greater historical tribute in the United States than Ellis Island, which served as the United States immigration station between 1892 and

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