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Ellis Island

Watch JR's Ellis Starring Robert De Niro -- an Immigration Roadmap

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 11.21.2015 | Arts
E. Nina Rothe

The beginning shots of French artist JR's haunting new short film Ellis feel a lot like a scene out of Shutter Island. But then the voice of the wondrous Robert De Niro comes on, and the story becomes about immigration, and our humanity.

This Is What Immigrants To The U.S. Looked Like Over 100 Years Ago

The Huffington Post | Chris McGonigal | Posted 11.02.2015 | Politics

With a refugee and migrant crisis continuing around the world, it can be easy to forget those that came to the U.S. more than a century ago. Between 1...

Magic in Yiayia's Steamer Trunk

Paola K Amaras | Posted 10.12.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Paola K Amaras

It was painted in battleship grey so many times, whenever a layer chipped, you'd be able to see the next layer of slightly-more-faded grey underneath....

The 9 Best Things to Do This Fall in New York City

Andrea Poe | Posted 10.02.2015 | New York
Andrea Poe

Whether you spend three days or three years in New York City, there is always something awaiting you just around the corner, a gem you have overlooked or never knew existed. Sure you'll enjoy wandering along Fifth Avenue, ambling through Central Park, and exploring Times Square, but venture further to reap the greatest rewards. Here are a few suggestions:

Coming To America In 1939

Dr. Natasha Josefowitz | Posted 09.03.2015 | Fifty
Dr. Natasha Josefowitz

Seeing the Statue of Liberty as we were approaching New York Harbor was indeed an amazingly awesome sight. It held a promise of freedom; it was welcoming us. We land and were taken to Ellis Island. None of us spoke English, and it was scary.

How an Ordinary Person Can Change the World, Well at Least Start the Process...

Janice S. Lintz | Posted 07.13.2015 | Impact
Janice S. Lintz

Imagine waking up one day and learning that your daughter has a hearing loss. Imagine finding out the access your daughter needs doesn't exist in this country but does elsewhere.

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 06.01.2015 | 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.