Ellis Island Reopens for Tourists a Year After Hurricane Sandy

It's been nearly exactly a year since the hurricane flooded boilers and electrical systems

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Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled tourists yearning to buy tchotkes.

Ellis Island, the initial destination of millions of immigrants, reopened to the public Monday for the first time since Hurricane Sandy devastated parts of the New York Harbor.

The Ellis Island Immigration Museum shut down nearly exactly a year ago because of swamped boilers and electrical systems that left the entire island without power. Much of the complex is still under renovation.

Liberty Island, home to the Statue of Liberty engraved with Emma Lazarus’s iconic poem “The New Colossus,” reopened July 4 following its own post-Sandy restoration.

[Associated Press]