Ellis Island remains closed until 2014

Lady Liberty opens July 4, but Ellis Island, damaged by Sandy, remains dark
The National Park Service says the island won't reopen until 2014.

An aerial view of Ellis Island on November 12, 2012, from the south shows the entire island, the New Jersey shoreline to the left and the Manhattan skyline to the right. Photo by NPS/Colyer
Ellis Island Sandy Damage
An aerial view of Ellis Island on November 12, 2012, from the south shows the entire island, the New Jersey shoreline to the left and the Manhattan skyline to the right. Photo by NPS/Colyer
Thousands of brocures were strewn around Ellis Island and Liberty State Park in New Jersey. Photo by NPS.
Ellis Island Sandy Damage
Thousands of brocures were strewn around Ellis Island and Liberty State Park in New Jersey. Photo by NPS.
The Ferry Building's Health Exhibit space was heavily damaged during the storm surge. Many park brochures were swept into this space and exhibit items and cases were toppled. Photo by NPS.
Ellis Island Sandy Damage
The Ferry Building's Health Exhibit space was heavily damaged during the storm surge. Many park brochures were swept into this space and exhibit items and cases were toppled. Photo by NPS.
Ellis Island Immigration Museum "Ellis Island Immigration Museum Fuel oil storage tanks on Ellis Island were displaced by the power of the storm. Photo by NPS/Leonard
Ellis Island Sandy Damage
Ellis Island Immigration Museum "Ellis Island Immigration Museum Fuel oil storage tanks on Ellis Island were displaced by the power of the storm. Photo by NPS/Leonard
Buildings and Grounds staff members pick up thousands of park brochures, which were scattered far and wide by Sandy. Photo by NPS.
Ellis Island Sandy Damage
Buildings and Grounds staff members pick up thousands of park brochures, which were scattered far and wide by Sandy. Photo by NPS.
The warehouse on Ellis Island was flooded. This is a storage area for supplies for the Maintance and Buildings and Grounds Divisions. Photo by NPS/Leonard
Ellis Island Sandy Damage
The warehouse on Ellis Island was flooded. This is a storage area for supplies for the Maintance and Buildings and Grounds Divisions. Photo by NPS/Leonard
The storm surge uprooted the fuel tanks that supply fuel oil to the Powerhouse. Photo by NPS/Leonard
Ellis Island Sandy Damage
The storm surge uprooted the fuel tanks that supply fuel oil to the Powerhouse. Photo by NPS/Leonard
A resource adviser documents the damage to the exhibits in the Ferry Building's Health Exhibit. Photo by NPS/Veolinger
Ellis Island Sandy Damage
A resource adviser documents the damage to the exhibits in the Ferry Building's Health Exhibit. Photo by NPS/Veolinger
A United States Park Police Marine Unit boat beached on Ellis Island in between the cooling plant and a trailer. Photo by NPS.
Ellis Island Sandy Damage
A United States Park Police Marine Unit boat beached on Ellis Island in between the cooling plant and a trailer. Photo by NPS.
The storm surged onto the South Side of Ellis Island, depositing debris and flooding the basements of the historic hospital and administration buildings. Photo by NPS/Leonard
Ellis Island Sandy Damage
The storm surged onto the South Side of Ellis Island, depositing debris and flooding the basements of the historic hospital and administration buildings. Photo by NPS/Leonard
One of the United States Park Police trailers that was severely damaged and moved from its original position. Photo by NPS/Leonard
Ellis Island Sandy Damage
One of the United States Park Police trailers that was severely damaged and moved from its original position. Photo by NPS/Leonard
An Incident Management Team member irrigates to an antique microscope, which was removed from an exhibit case in the Ferry Building's Health Exhibit. Photo by NPS/Parker
Ellis Island Sandy Damage
An Incident Management Team member irrigates to an antique microscope, which was removed from an exhibit case in the Ferry Building's Health Exhibit. Photo by NPS/Parker
The interior of the screening tent located at Battery Park was damaged by wind and waves. This tent was used to process visitors before they boarded the ferry to Liberty and Ellis Islands. Photo by NPS/Pisani
Ellis Island Sandy Damage
The interior of the screening tent located at Battery Park was damaged by wind and waves. This tent was used to process visitors before they boarded the ferry to Liberty and Ellis Islands. Photo by NPS/Pisani
A panel on the Immigrant Wall of Honor was knocked off its mounting by the force of Sandy. The Wall of Honor contains the names of immigrants honored by their descendants. Photo by NPS/Leonard
Ellis Island Sandy Damage
A panel on the Immigrant Wall of Honor was knocked off its mounting by the force of Sandy. The Wall of Honor contains the names of immigrants honored by their descendants. Photo by NPS/Leonard
Mid-19th century furnishing found on the shores of Liberty State Park, likely blown in from Ellis Island National Monument, as seen in the background. Photo by NPS/Everitt
Ellis Island Sandy Damage
Mid-19th century furnishing found on the shores of Liberty State Park, likely blown in from Ellis Island National Monument, as seen in the background. Photo by NPS/Everitt

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