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New York City’s Oldest Castle

If you asked any local New Yorker, 90% of them would probably have no idea where or even what Castle Clinton is. Standing at the foot of Battery Park,…

One Day NYC Tour Itinerary

The One Day Tour is a 6 hour tour throughout NYC, including many of the major sites of the city. You will travel by foot, subway & ferry…

Annie Moore: Ellis Island’s First Immigrant

When Ellis Island officially opened on January 1, 1892, the gates of America were opened for millions of people all over the world. For one woman in particular,…

Ellis Island in Numbers

1. Over 12 million immigrants entered the Unites States through the portal of Ellis Island. 2. Between 1880 and 1930, over 27 million people entered America. 44.44% of them came through Ellis…

8 Famous Ellis Island Immigrants

Over 14 million people came to America through Ellis Island. It’s one of America’s most historical and prominent landmarks. Almost half of the United States population would not…

One Perfect Day in NYC

The amazing thing about New York is that each day is exciting in its own way. But what would make the perfect day in New York City? Obviously,…

Top 5 Exhibits in the Ellis Island Registration Museum

Ellis Island is a pretty big place. The island is deceivingly large, the museum is huge, and there are signs and information everywhere. The amount of time and…

A Brief History of Ellis Island

Ellis Island: 1620s: The Dutch arrive in New York harbor and begin building their colony of New Amsterdam. The Dutch would refer to this island as one of…

Meet Frederic Auguste Bartholdi! Eight Facts About the Man Behind the Statue of Liberty

1) Born August 2, 1834 in Colmar, France Colmar is located near the country’s southern border with Germany and is known as the “Little Venice” of France.  2)…

3 Reasons You Should Make Ellis Island A Part of Your NYC Vacation (Even If Your Family Did Not Immigrate Through)

As a tour guide, a question I hear a lot is: “Is it worth it to see Ellis Island?” For those who have no familial connection or relation…

The Statue of Liberty’s Story in a Timeline

1865: French historian Edouard de Laboulaye suggests that France create a statue to give to the United States to celebrate its success in building a democracy. 1870: The…

#GuideLife – You Never Know – Statue of Liberty

Our guide Linda shares her most unexpected tour encounter at the Statue of Liberty in this week’s #GuideLife. People come from all over the world to visit the…