How New Jersey won the battle for Ellis Island

New York /
Jun.June 03, 2017 12:30 PM

Few sights are as closely associated with the history of New York City than Ellis Island, the gateway to the United States for millions of immigrants. But it turns out Ellis Island doesn’t belong to NYC; it belongs to Jersey.

In May of 1998, the Supreme Court ruled that the historic site belonged “mostly to New Jersey, in addition to the federal government, since it’s overseen by the National Park Service,” ending a long-running dispute between New York and New Jersey, according to Curbed and Smithsonian Magazine. And by long-running, we mean running back to colonial times.

The dispute over the island “turned into a shooting war more than once,” writes Ken Jennings for Condé Nast Traveler. But by the early 19th Century, Congress drew a line in the Hudson that gave the island to New Jersey. Still, New York had the lease on the island, and so with NYC it stayed.

Arguments between the states (over river beds, expansions and operation) continued until late last century when the Supreme Court ruled 6-3 to give 90 percent of Ellis Island to New Jersey.

[6sqft | Smithsonian] —Christopher Cameron


Related Articles

arrow_forward_ios
(Image by Wolfgang & Hite via Dezeen)

Hudson Yards megadevelopment inspires a new line of sex toys

Hudson Yards megadevelopment inspires a new line of sex toys
Cammeby's International Group founder Rubin Schron and, from top: 194-05 67th Avenue, 189-15 73rd Avenue and 64-05 186th Lane (Credit: Google Maps)

Ruby Schron lands $500M refi for sprawling Queens apartment portfolio

Ruby Schron lands $500M refi for sprawling Queens apartment portfolio
Wendy Silverstein (Credit: Getty Images)

Wendy Silverstein, co-head of WeWork’s real-estate fund, is out

Wendy Silverstein, co-head of WeWork’s real-estate fund, is out
Joan Collins and 110 East 57th Street #8EFG (Getty, BHS)

Soap star Joan Collins lists longtime Midtown pied-à-terre

Soap star Joan Collins lists longtime Midtown pied-à-terre
The penthouse at 3150 South Street in Washington, D.C. (Photos via Redfin; Homevisit)

DC Ritz-Carlton penthouse seeks record-breaking price

DC Ritz-Carlton penthouse seeks record-breaking price
(Super Gen via Twitter/ArjunKharpal, Getty)

Ready players: 5M-sf e-sports complex rises in Shanghai

Ready players: 5M-sf e-sports complex rises in Shanghai
News of President-elect Biden’s $1.9T stimulus plan held promise for employment and economic activity. (Getty)

Real estate stocks hold gains even as market doesn’t

Real estate stocks hold gains even as market doesn’t
Tommy Hilfiger and his recently sold estate in Greenwich, CT. (Getty, Janet Milligan)

Tommy Hilfiger’s Greenwich estate sells for $45M

Tommy Hilfiger’s Greenwich estate sells for $45M
arrow_forward_ios

The Deal's newsletters give you the latest scoops, fresh headlines, marketing data, and things to know within the industry.

Loading...