A Day at Ellis Island

This is the entrance to the Ellis Island Museum.
This is the entrance to the Ellis Island Museum.

While in New York this past week for meetings, I took time to visit Ellis Island.  There are few words that I can share to express how moving it was, so I will instead attempt do so in photos.  I hope they give you a sense of what a magical place it is – full of history and certainly full of tourists from all over the world. Here we go!

  • lizzy

    I visited Ellis Island four years ago. It was a strange experience, beautiful and sad at the same time. The place it’s magical but also it made me sad to think all the difficulties and the suffering all those people went through. Definitely a visit I’ll never forget.

    • Missy Gluckmann

      Thanks for your comment! It was like walking back into htistory – and being surrounded by different languages (the tourists) and crowds (also the tourists!) – it was surreal in many ways and yes, sad too. But I find it more sad to know how many people are denied entry these days – for me, it put that into perspective. Have you been to the Tenement Museum on Orchard Street also? I'd highly recommend it!

      • lizzy

        Unfortunately I’ve missed that one. Thanks for the suggestion! I will certainly stop by the next time I travel to US. My grandfather was an Immigrant, but it was long after Ellis Island was closed. He stayed just few years and then he came back to Italy. I had his experience in mind during my visit to Ellis Island, this is probably the reason why I was so moved by the exhibition 🙂

        • Missy Gluckmann

          It was very emotional as I remember my grandfather telling me stories of old NY (his father came through Ellis Island) … even the subway style tile felt familiar when I thought of his little apartment in Queens (he was the bldg's first tenant – and he never upgraded it because he was so poor!) It is an exceptional place to visit and the Tenement museum is the next part of the journey for many New Yorkers – definitely check it out when you return! It will move you deeply.

  • Wow Missy..what a great day for photos it was! I haven’t visited Ellis Island since I was 6 or 7 but I would love to go back now that I have a better understanding of different cultures, travel, and immigration–I’m sure it would be a very moving experience indeed. Thanks for sharing your experience. It makes me want to find out more about my grandfather who came to NYC from Hungary 🙂

    • Missy Gluckmann

      Thanks Kyle! It was an INCREDIBLE day! You can look up info online for anyone who passed through Ellis Island at: http://www.ellisisland.org/ – hopefully your grandfather's records will be there!

  • My friends and I plan to visit New York this spring. This will be my first trip. I am so looking forward to see its splendor. Ellis Island will be one of the places we will visit.

    • Missy Gluckmann

      Hi Barbara! NY is a wonderful place to visit! Be sure to check on how the damage from the hurricane will impact your trip. Try to visit the Tenement Museum also – it is a "must see" as far as I'm concerned…