B Y J E S S I E S TAT E S
A Tale of Two Cities
IN THE LATE 1990s, NEW YORK AND NEW JERSEY WAGED COURTROOM WAR OVER LESS THAN 30 ACRES OF LANDFILL IN NEW YORK HARBOR. At stake: possession of historic Ellis Island, an immigration station that welcomed millions of people into the U.S. until its close in the 1950s. The case ended with a U.S. Supreme Court decision that granted custody of the original island (less than ﬁve acres) to New York and some 20 or more acres of inﬁll (added in the 19th and 20th centuries) to New Jersey. Relations between the two states have never been the same.
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