National Parks of New York Harbor Hurricane Closure Information
Contact: Jane Ahern, 212-363-3206 x 106
August 26, 2011
The Statue of Liberty National Monument and Ellis Island will be closed from Saturday, August 27 through Monday, August 29, 2011. "The safety of our visitors and employees is our top priority at this time," said National Parks of New York Harbor Commissioner Maria Burks. "Our park employees are also currently working diligently to protect park resources."
For visitors who have reserved ferry tickets to visit the Statue of Liberty National Monument during the closure, they may contact Statue Cruises directly at 201-604-2800. Ticket holders can reschedule for another day or they can receive a full refund. For more information about Statue Cruises visit their website at www.statuecruises.com
"We will assess both Liberty and Ellis Islands first thing Monday morning and make a determination at that time about how soon we can safely reopen the park," said Superintendent David Luchsinger. "The complexity of the park's vessel operations makes it necessary for the park to remain closed on Monday as well."
National parks throughout the Northeast are completing preparations for the storm. National Park Service Incident management and damage assessment teams have been called out and will be in place and on standby. Visitors can visit park websites at www.nps.gov/npnh and twitter for updates on the status of park operations.
Did You Know?
On July 30, 1916, a major explosion at the railway terminals on the Black Tom Wharf in Jersey City did considerable damage to the Ellis Island buildings. The walls, ceilings, roofs and foundations of the hospital buildings were weakened, and many windows, casings and doors were blown out. The repairs to the facilities took about a year at a cost of nearly $400,000.00(about $8,333,333.33 in 2012).