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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.

Ellis Island Museum Unlikely To Reopen In 2013

AP | DEEPTI HAJELA | Posted 03.25.2013 | New York

NEW YORK -- The Ellis Island Immigration Museum, which sustained severe damage to its infrastructure from the surging waters of Superstorm Sandy, is n...

Letter to Ireland Answered -- 28 Years Later

Megan Smolenyak | Posted 05.05.2013 | Weird News
Megan Smolenyak

Not long ago, I received a response to a letter I wrote to a stranger in Ireland -- in 1984. Making the experience more peculiar still is the fact that the gentleman I contacted had passed away in 1990. Perhaps I should explain.

No Reopening Date Yet For Statue Of Liberty, Ellis Island

DNAinfo | Posted 02.27.2013 | New York

BATTERY PARK — Without a security plan in place for visitors to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar said T...

Hey, Jon Stewart, Your Roots Are Showing

Megan Smolenyak | Posted 04.27.2013 | Celebrity
Megan Smolenyak

His forebears have held one of the more eclectic mélange of jobs I've seen, including taxi driver, fruit and vegetable peddler, furrier, shoe store proprietor, and window cleaner.

What If Ed Koch's Father Had Been Turned Back?

Megan Smolenyak | Posted 04.06.2013 | New York
Megan Smolenyak

As we mourn the passing of larger-than-life mayor, Ed Koch, who loved New York City so much that he spent $20,000 to ensure he would be buried there and never have to leave, it's worth remembering his immigrant father, Leib (later Louis) Koch.

Ellis Island Collection Moved Due To Sandy

AP | Posted 01.12.2013 | New York

NEW YORK -- More than 1 million historical artifacts and documents from the Ellis Island Immigration Museum have been moved to storage facilities whil...

How You Can Help Ellis Island Rise Above the Waters

Megan Smolenyak | Posted 02.16.2013 | New York
Megan Smolenyak

With Hurricane Sandy's massive destruction, it's not surprising that we haven't heard much about Ellis Island. Those whose lives have been turned upside-down are naturally the first priority. But how did Ellis Island weather the storm?

What Race Is Bruno Mars?

Megan Smolenyak | Posted 01.12.2013 | Celebrity
Megan Smolenyak

Were Bruno Mars to go on a world tour for the release of Unorthodox Jukebox, there would likely be unsuspecting cousins in the audiences in Madrid, New York, Kiev, San Juan, Manila and Budapest. So tell me: Which box do you think Bruno Mars ticked on the 2010 census?

10 Things You Didn't Know about Rachel Maddow's Roots

Megan Smolenyak | Posted 12.02.2012 | Politics
Megan Smolenyak

Without further ado, here are some snippets of Ms. Maddow's family history.

Ellis Island, Post Offices Added To Endangered List

AP | BRETT ZONGKER | Posted 08.06.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Hundreds of historic U.S. post offices nationwide face uncertain futures as the U.S. Postal Service downsizes, so preservationists ...

10 Things You Didn't Know About Martha Stewart's Family Tree

Megan Smolenyak | Posted 07.08.2012 | Celebrity
Megan Smolenyak

Martha's grandfather, Frank Kostyra, owned a tavern in Jersey City. On the 4th of July 1929, two boys stuck a piece of dynamite in the foundation of the tavern, causing an explosion. It's somewhat remarkable that the building is still a tavern today.

Dora Kirby, Beloved Aunt of Bruce Springsteen, Passes

Megan Smolenyak | Posted 06.27.2012 | Celebrity
Megan Smolenyak

Earlier this week, Dora (Zerilli) Kirby, age 92, passed away in Freehold, New Jersey. The daughter of Italian immigrants, she was also an aunt of Bruce Springsteen.

11th Annual Ellis Island Family Heritage Awards

Megan Smolenyak | Posted 06.23.2012 | Home
Megan Smolenyak

At a time when we've become so cynical, it's refreshing to attend the annual Ellis Island Family Heritage Awards, which celebrate individuals who have contributed to the American experience in various realms

Make History in Your Pajamas

Megan Smolenyak | Posted 05.30.2012 | Home
Megan Smolenyak

On April 2nd, after a long wait of 72 years, the 1940 census will be released, and in a historic first, the collection will emerge online in digitized form -- a remarkable snapshot of a nation still recovering from the Great Depression and not yet aware of its approaching entry into war.

Home of the Irish Immigrant Girls in Lower Manhattan

Alan Singer | Posted 05.02.2012 | New York
Alan Singer

During the Ellis Island era, millions of immigrants arrived in the United States. Our Lady of the Rosary and the accompanying Watson House provided greetings and safe haven for more than 100,000 young Irish girls who came to NY.

120 Years Ago: Ellis Island Opens Doors and Welcomes Annie Moore of Ireland

Megan Smolenyak | Posted 02.28.2012 | Home
Megan Smolenyak

Jan. 1 has long been regarded as a day of fresh beginnings, and never was that more appropriate than 120 years ago in 1892 when Ellis Island first opened its doors to hopefuls from around the world.