National Park Sites Are Free This Week, but Two Remain Closed

This week, all of the National Park Service sites in New York City are free to visitors – except for the two best known to most of them.

The park service has posted a video on YouTube that promotes various monuments and other sites around the metropolitan area, providing little-known facts about them. “Did you know Hamilton Grange National Memorial was placed on a truck and moved down the street?” it asks.

The occasion for the posting is National Park Week, an annual event when admission fees are dropped. This year, it runs from April 20 to 28.

But tourists and New Yorkers who had been waiting for a chance to visit the Statue of Liberty or Ellis Island free will have to wait until next year, at least. Both of those sites have been closed since they suffered significant damage from Hurricane Sandy. The statue is scheduled to reopen by July 4 . But the park service has not said when the museum on Ellis Island will be ready for visitors again.