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  • On The Other Side with Save Ellis Island
    16
    OCT

    On The Other Side with Save Ellis Island

    Over the past year, Save Ellis Island has taken thousands of visitors to the south side of Ellis Island – the portion of the island closed to the general public. On these daily 90-minute guided tours, the public is immersed in the history and stories of the hospital and the 1.2 million immigrants who were treated there.

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  • Nikon Photography Destination Workshop
    01
    OCT

    Nikon Photography Destination Workshop

    On September 22nd Save Ellis Island hosted Joe McNally, world renowned photographer for a one day Nikon Destination Workshop. Participants brought their own camera equipment and were given access to Nikon equipment – who wouldn’t want to try out all the latest Nikon DSLRs, lenses and Speed lights. The Nikon staff was on hand to assist with a selection of their equipment for use that day in photographing Ellis Island’s Hospital Complex.

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  • Art and History on Ellis Island
    16
    FEB

    Art and History on Ellis Island

    On September 25, 2014 Save Ellis Island announced it would open the historic Hospital Complex on Ellis Island’s south side to the public for guided tours. For the first time in sixty years, a portion of the 22 hospital buildings, once considered to be the largest and most modern Public Health Facility in the US, would be opened for 90-minute docent led “Hard Hat Tours”. By opening day, October 1st, tickets would be sold out for months in advance. The Hard Hat Tour quickly became the hottest ticket to buy in NYC. Today, nearly fours months after opening day, the tours continue to be sold out.

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  • Faces Places - A Work of Art About Art
    17
    OCT

    Faces Places - A Work of Art About Art

    The legendary French filmmaker collaborated with the photographer JR to create a wonderful documentary about communities, memory, and her own history.

    Agnes Varda knows the value of a camera. The 89-year-old director was a pioneer of French New Wave filmmaking and has strived to find inventive forms of storytelling throughout her career. In her new documentary Faces Places, Varda teams up with the enigmatic photographer and visual artist JR to follow and participate in his Inside Out project, in which he takes portraits of regular people and pastes the pictures, in gigantic-poster format, onto walls and buildings.

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  • Unframed—Ellis Island
    20
    DEC

    Unframed—Ellis Island

    French street artist JR awakens history with his ‘Unframed – Ellis Island’ Exhibition. The tour and exhibition provide an immersive visual and sensory experience loaded with historical significance. It is not to be missed! ~ Rachael Silverstein, The Culture Trip

    The work, which is accessible by guided tour, will remain up “until it decides to disappear.” 

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  • Scout Explores Ellis Island’s South Side
    02
    NOV

    Scout Explores Ellis Island’s South Side

    From a distance, many of the buildings appear to be in pretty decent shape, especially considering they’ve essentially been left to decay since the island officially closed in 1954. 

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