One of my all-time, hands-down, most favorite places to explore in New York City is the abandoned hospital complex on Ellis Island. Normally off-limits to the public, tours are suddenly being offered for the first time in 60 years, and I highly, highly suggest you go while the opportunity exists.
I wrote about my first visit a few years ago. I’ve since been back several times for additional scouting trips, and I never get tired of walking through the eerily silent hallways and rooms of the abandoned 29-building complex. Below, a few of my favorite pictures…
Tours are being offered to allow the public to experience French artist JR’s new site-specific installation “Unframed – Ellis Island,” in which historic images from the island’s past have been overlaid onto its crumbling walls and broken windows. Here’s an example from a recent NY Times article on the project – the effect is beautifully haunting.
Tours are small (just ten in a group – hard hats provided!) and will take visitors on a tour of several buildings, as well as the grounds.
Best of all, proceeds from the tours will go to the Save Ellis Island project, which has been working tirelessly for years to stabilize the buildings. Tickets can be purchased here. If you’re a Scouting NY fan and are looking for a one-of-a-kind experience – perfect for the month of October! – I promise you will not forget this.
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