I'll be picking up where we left off on my A-Z journey through the State of New Jersey with the letter E. E is for Ellis Island!!
|The "Great Hall" at Ellis Island|
Wait, is Ellis Island in New York or New Jersey? The short answer to that question is yes to both! As per a US Supreme Court ruling in 1998, Ellis Island belongs within the territorial jurisdiction of both New York and New Jersey, depending upon where you are. But first and foremost, keep in mind the entire island is federal property as it has been since 1808, superceeding any other territorial disputes.
|Here is a copy of the ferry map- where you can clearly see why NJ and NY battle it out over territorial rights!|