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Multi-Layered Celebration at Ellis Island

Megan Smolenyak | Posted 05.22.2015 | New York
Megan Smolenyak

The event marked the completion of the Peopling of America Center, the formal post-Sandy re-opening, the bestowal of Family Heritage Awards to Diane von Furstenberg, Patti LuPone and Henry Louis Gates, Jr., and the naturalization of eight new American citizens. Following are a few highlights.

Celebrities Whose Family Members Arrived at Ellis Island

Jeryl Brunner | Posted 05.20.2015 | Entertainment
Jeryl Brunner

It is estimated that nearly half of all Americans can trace their family history to at least one person who passed through the Port of New York at Ellis Island. From 1892 to 1954, when Ellis Island was operating as an immigration station more than 12 million immigrants entered its halls.

The Gift of #ThrowbackThursday

Megan Smolenyak | Posted 04.01.2015 | Good News
Megan Smolenyak

One random #tbt post revealed a milestone moment to my sister, triggered a trip down memory lane and gave us anecdotes we had never heard about our mother.

Spotting a True New Yorker

Martin Berusch | Posted 03.08.2015 | New York
Martin Berusch

Nothing defines a city better or more powerfully than the people who live and interact within it. The simple acts of residents going about their daily lives give a city its flavor, its personality, its appeal, its uniqueness. This couldn't be any truer for New York City.

The Most Ellis Island-y Celebrity Ever: Tom Colicchio

Megan Smolenyak | Posted 12.13.2014 | Entertainment
Megan Smolenyak

Colicchio's family includes a total of 12 immigrants -- eight of whom came through Ellis Island, three more who entered via New York earlier (one just four months prior to its opening), and a solitary ancestor who opted for Philadelphia.

5 Things You Didn't Know About Anthony Bourdain's Roots

Megan Smolenyak | Posted 12.08.2014 | Entertainment
Megan Smolenyak

Anthony Bourdain's very existence is against the odds, and his wanderlust almost inevitable.

Oyster Week In NYC: The Big Apple Becomes The Big Oyster

Tony Sachs | Posted 11.08.2014 | New York
Tony Sachs

You may think, hey, I know my oysters. There's big ones, little ones, briny ones, sweet ones, West Coast, East Coast. I even know a few names -- Wellfleet, Kumomoto, Bluepoint, and, um, did I say Wellfleet?

Genealogy: Tips for When You're Stuck in the 19th Century

Robin Raskin | Posted 10.06.2014 | Technology
Robin Raskin

Every few years I get the urge to dabble in genealogy. And every few years it gets a little easier. In the early 90's it was Family Tree Maker, replete with multiple floppy disks. Ship manifests and census were just becoming available digitally. Not for the faint of heart.

Was David Duchovny's Family From Ukraine or Russia?

Megan Smolenyak | Posted 09.29.2014 | Entertainment
Megan Smolenyak

There's been quite a fuss about a nationalistic, Russian beer commercial David Duchovny made not long ago -- especially given that he recently discovered that his roots are actually in Ukraine. For obvious reasons, this is less than ideal timing.

They Are Children

Bruce Lesley | Posted 09.28.2014 | Politics
Bruce Lesley

Although members of Congress and the president are professing to pursue a humanitarian response to the border crisis, the proposed solutions often undercut the very protections that children have in current law in order to have the Border Patrol expedite their deportation back to Central America.

Bruce Springsteen at Ellis Island

Megan Smolenyak | Posted 09.15.2014 | Entertainment
Megan Smolenyak

Those who love "The Boss" or are intrigued by family history will appreciate this charming video of Bruce Springsteen accepting the Ellis Island Family Heritage Award with his mother and her two sisters.

Bad Blood on the Border

Rick Horowitz | Posted 09.10.2014 | Politics
Rick Horowitz

A great American tradition: keeping people out.

Border Backlog Crisis

Chris Weigant | Posted 09.08.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

In all the fulminating going on about the children in the current border "crisis," there is one problem I have yet to hear addressed, by either side in the debate. Mostly, I suspect, because it would cost a lot of money to fix.

The Immigrant Lands Close to Home

Cathleen Falsani | Posted 07.16.2014 | Religion
Cathleen Falsani

The Immigrant stands as a reminder that, while we have come so far in this nation of immigrants, we have still farther to go to live up to the promise of Emma Lazarus' poem inscribed beneath the broken chains on the pedestal where Lady Liberty stands in New York Harbor.

Week in Film: Million Dollar Arm, A Short History of Decay and More

Marshall Fine | Posted 07.13.2014 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

While not perfect, it is more than just a feel-good sports movie about overcoming obstacles (though it is, in fact, that). Million Dollar Arm is less a movie about sports (in this case, baseball) than a film about one man's transformation from sports agent to human being.

Summer Hours Released For Statue Of Liberty, Ellis Island

AP | Posted 05.01.2014 | Travel

NEW YORK (AP) — The National Park Service says summer operating hours at the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island begin Memorial Day weekend. Boats w...

Chris Christie Finds Allies Among Hispanic Leaders

AP | STEVE PEOPLES | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics

His administration gripped by scandal, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has found unlikely allies among the nation's Hispanic community. In New Jersey ...

They Say It's Your Birthday -- But It's Not

Megan Smolenyak | Posted 03.02.2014 | Weird News
Megan Smolenyak

Annie Moore with her brothers Anthony (l) and Philip (r) at Ellis Island A hundred and twenty-two years ago, on Jan. 1, 1892, Ellis Island opened...

Thanksgiving Thoughts on Our Immigrant Nation

Frank Islam | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics
Frank Islam

It struck us, given the focus on immigration throughout most of this year, that our final reason for being thankful in 2012 should be our primary one in 2013.

Ellis Island Is Back

AP | JENNIFER PELTZ | Posted 10.29.2013 | New York

NEW YORK -- NEW YORK (AP) — The island that ushered millions of immigrants into the United States and became a monument to its mosaic of ancestries ...

Ellis Island Museum To Reopen A Year After Sandy

AP | COLLEEN LONG | Posted 10.29.2013 | New York

NEW YORK -- NEW YORK (AP) — Ellis Island will reopen to the public Monday, almost exactly a year after Superstorm Sandy's swells reached 8 feet and ...

Your Poor And Huddled Masses Can Suck It

The Huffington Post | Christopher Mathias | Posted 10.01.2013 | New York

On Tuesday, the United States government shut down, taking America's most iconic symbol of liberty and progress with it. Visitors in Lower Ma...

Small Boat, Big City: Kayaking From Manhattan To The Statue of Liberty

Peter Mandel | Posted 08.26.2013 | Travel
Peter Mandel

Warm, and full of puffing sailboats, and washing-machine clean. I am having a hard time believing this is New York harbor -- and that I am kayaking it.

Statue Of Liberty Security Screening Moved To Manhattan

AP | Posted 06.04.2013 | New York

NEW YORK -- Security screening for visitors to the Statue of Liberty will be held in lower Manhattan instead of on Ellis Island when the site reopens ...

What My Grandmother and Granddaughter Share

Lea Lane | Posted 06.29.2013 | Fifty
Lea Lane

My grandmother's birthday was this week. She was born in 1877 and would have been 136 years old. And when, in her honor, I looked at some family photos, I discovered something that I had not noticed before.