The Other Side of Ellis Island

East, Pictorial, Preservation
Wednesday, December 8, 2010

photo by Alyssa Nordhauser

Most visitors to Ellis Island only get to see the Ellis Island Immigration Museum. I was fortunate enough to go on a hard hat tour of the island’s south side, which is not open to the public, and explore newly stabilized structures including the new (‘new’ as of 1934) ferry building and part of the old South Side Hospital Complex.

view of the access bridge to NJ (photo by Alyssa Nordhauser)

a pile of window bars from the old psychopathic ward building (photo by Alyssa Nordhauser)

photo by Alyssa Nordhauser

hospital exterior (photo by Alyssa Nordhauser)

One Response to “The Other Side of Ellis Island”

  1. David Simonton says:

    It’s great to see this. Thanks for posting! I photographed on Ellis Island back in the late-1980’s. The thought back then that this kind of progress could (or would) be made seemed pretty remote. Some of the black-and-white pictures from 20+ years ago are here:

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