The Real Deal New York

Nonprofit to open long shuttered portion of Ellis Island

The initiative will kick off with small tours

July 06, 2014 02:00PM

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Ellis Island

Ellis Island

WEEKENDEDITION  For decades, the enormous south-side hospital complex of Ellis Island has been closed to tourists. But the small nonprofit, Save Ellis Island, is hoping to rehabilitate the 30 buildings and lead tours there for the general public by the end of this summer.

The initiative will kick off with a limited number of available tickets and officials hope that it will be a big step toward increasing tourism, according to Crain’s.

“Many people don’t know that portion of the island even exists, but it will become a new sightseeing opportunity,” said Janis Calella, president of Save Ellis Island, which is raising funds for the restorations. [Crain’s]Christopher Cameron

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