NYC Landmark Commission Rejects Effort To Halt “Ground Zero” Mosque Project

It would appear that the legal effort to stop the so-called “Ground Zero” Mosque project is at an end:

The Landmarks Preservation Commission gave the thumbs down this morning to giving a lower Manhattan building historic status — paving the way for a controversial new mosque to open just blocks from Ground Zero.

The vote opens the door for the demolition of the 152-year-old building on Park Place, where construction is planned for the mosque.

The legal battle may be over, but I doubt the demagoguery is.

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  1. PD Shaw says:

    A preservation commission that couldn’t find a justification for preserving a building.  An anti-religious discrimination organization that came out in favor of religious discrimination.  Interesting times.

  2. Zelsdorf Ragshaft III says:

    If I ever planned to visit New York City, that plan ended.

  3. sam says:

    Somehow, I think NYC will survive that, Zels.

  4. sam says:

    BTW, I can just hear Rudy’s screams now about all this, you know, desecration. Wonder how he feels about all the titty bars down there on that sacred ground?
    Writes Conor:

    You’ve probably heard about “The Ground Zero Mosque,” an Islamic community center planned in Lower Manhattan. But I bet you haven’t heard of The Ground Zero Strip Club. There are actually a couple of adult entertainment venues that show up on Google ( GOOG – news – people ) Maps if you search around the former site of the World Trade Center. Internet reviewers seem to like New York Dolls best, due to its sexy, disproportionately Russian staff, mirrored stage and purportedly high-quality lap dances. (


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