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Ellis Island reopens

A Park Ranger stands in The Great Hall on Ellis Island in New York, New York, USA, October 28, 2013. Ellis Island was the entry point for millions of immigrants to the United States, and since 1992 has been a museum on US immigration. It reopened on October 28, one year it was damaged after Hurricane Sandy. (EPA/ANDREW GOMBERT

Ellis Island reopens

The island that ushered millions of immigrants into the United States and became a monument to its mosaic of ancestries reopened to visitors Monday for the first time since Superstorm Sandy, adding a chapter to the narrative of hard-won recovery on the eve of the storm's anniversary.

The Ellis Island Immigration Museum hasn't fully recovered from the floods that filled its basement; many of its more than 1 million photographs and other artifacts are still in storage, and officials haven't yet repaired computers the public can use to research forebears.

But visitors were able to return to much of the graceful main building, including some exhibits, and to absorb the island's singular views of the nearby Statue of Liberty and lower Manhattan. (Associated Press)