Tourist in Your Own Town Explores the South Side of Ellis Island

The New York Landmarks Conservancy's Tourist in Your Own Town series explores some of New York City’s best hidden gems as well as some of the classic iconic landmarks. In this video from the series, the show takes a look at the South Side of Ellis Island, including the abandoned hospital complex.

This month we visit Ellis Island to honor the 12 million immigrants who came through there when it was an active Immigration Station from 1892 to 1954. Ellis Island is one of the country’s most popular National Parks, with nearly two million visitors each year. But the South Side of the Island, home to the largest hospital complex of its day, is closed. The National Park Service and Save Ellis Island, with initial help from the Landmarks Conservancy, have stabilized the South Side buildings, though their future is uncertain. The hospital buildings played a crucial role in treating sick immigrants so they could go on to a new life in America. Visitors deserve to see the South Side and know the complete story of this remarkable Island.

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