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Park Service Balks As Tourists Swarm

May 01, 2019 - The New York Times

The familiar words etched on the Statue of Liberty read, ''Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, the wretched refuse of your teeming shore.''

These days, the famous statue in New York Harbor mostly welcomes a torrent of tourists.

A proliferation of tour groups has set off pedestrian gridlock inside the statue and its sister site, the Ellis Island National Museum of Immigration, which together receive a combined 4.5 million visitors a year.

It has gotten so bad that the National Park Service, which runs both sites, is taking a dramatic step. Starting in mid-May, the agency is banning organized tours to the statue's popular outdoor observation deck and to the Ellis Island mus...