A year after Superstorm Sandy, Ellis Island reopens to visitors

It’s been a tough year for the Statue of Liberty, Liberty Island and Ellis Island. Nearly a year ago, Superstorm Sandy’s storm swell covered 75 percent of Liberty Island and all of Ellis Island. In addition to the flooding, the storm damaged infrastructure on both islands, forcing their closure to visitors.

Then came the government shutdown this month, and visitors were again stymied in their efforts to visit.

However, on Monday, Ellis Island will open to the public, meaning that visitors once again will be able to recreate the journeys of some of the millions of immigrants who came to the United States to start new lives. Although Ellis Island Immigration Museum will be open, expect to still see some work being done. Most of the collection also is off-site as repairs continue.

While out in New York Harbor, you can also can visit Liberty Island and its star attraction, the Statue of Liberty. The storm did not damage the framework of the structure, which measures nearly 306 feet, from the base of the pedestal to the tip of the torch. Interestingly, the official dedication ceremonies occurred on Oct. 28, 1886. You can find other interesting facts here.

The storm did, however, destroy other structures and areas of Liberty Island. For instance, multiple mechanical systems and docks were damaged. The island and statue opened to visitors on July 4.

Before you plan your visit, make sure to get all the details by visiting the National Park Service’s website.

Christina Hennessy