On a semi-cloudy day, I went on a trip to Ellis Island and Liberty Island. The best way to do this is not through Battery Park in NYC (the lines there get ridiculous) but through Liberty State Park in NJ. There is next to no lines there and all it takes to get there is a short trip on the PATH, then the light rail, and then a 10 minute walk.
An unused pier at the Liberty State Park ferry.
Leaving the pier and looking back.
Approaching Ellis Island and a view of the museum.
Entrance to the museum.
Detail of the museum facade which was built in 1892 and restored and reopened in 1990.
A carving/sculpture on the arch.
The American Immigrant Wall of Honor. You can find any of your ancestors who came through Ellis Island. The walls are divided by sections and in alphabetical order.
A section of the wall and the museum.
More of the museum architecture.
One of the spires.
The map to the Wall of Honor.
The old staircases inside the museum.
An old piano on display.
The old barracks.
Part of the processing process immigrants went through. It looks like a review board setting.
An elevator inside the museum, with an old exterior wall next to it.
The entrance to the hospital – still under construction/renovation. You need to make a special appointment to be able to see inside.
The yard in front of the museum.
Leaving Ellis Island.
The ferry route from NJ goes: Ellis Island, Liberty Island, Liberty State Park, so you get to stop over at Liberty Island if you want to. As you can see here, the monument was under construction, so we stayed on the ferry instead of exploring.
The sun sets behind the statue amidst the clouds.
The 9/11 memorial in Liberty State Park with the WTC being constructed behind it.
Next week: Various times and views of Columbus Circle.
Also, I am now selling prints through this site.