Tuesday, May 28, 2024

16mm Film Captures Abandoned Ellis Island in 1974

The New York Times has unearthed a short (7:25) 1974 film made by high school students Phil Buehler and Steve Siegel. It's called Ellis Island, and it features 16mm footage of the at-the-time abandoned immigration processing center. Check out the contrast between the famous Registry Room then (around 1:38) and now in this linked picture. The government really had their work cut out for them to rehab the site and turn it into the spectacular National Monument that it is today.

On a totally different note--what is it about teenage boys and the desire to explore abandoned places? It's a timeless drive.



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