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The Great Indoors-Outdoors

The Historical Landmark:
Ellis Island

Spending an evening on Ellis Island might have been a scary proposition back when the immigration hub was still functional, but now it’s a dream come true. The twelve-acre islet and its expanse of waterfront greenery can be all yours after the tourists clear out around 6 p.m. The island can accommodate anywhere from 50 to 1,200 guests, who are generally brought over on chartered ferries. Tenting isn’t permitted, so contingency plans are always in place and none too shabby at that: The opulent 13,000-square-foot Registry Room, with its brick-hued walls and soaring tiled ceilings, can fit up to 1,200 people. (At the turn of the twentieth century, this is where guards inspected immigrants and their belongings.) Catering must be brought in from the outside. Prices upon request. Ellis Island; 212-344-0996;


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