Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Landmark vote opens door to Ground Zero mosque

New York Post
August 3, 2010

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 9-0 vote opens the door for the demolition of the 152-year-old building on Park Place, where construction is planned for the mosque.

A few protesters heckled the commission at the end of the vote.

Mayor Bloomberg, who supports the mosque's construction, said the WTC site "will forever hold a special place in our city, in our hearts. But we would be untrue to the best part of ourselves – and who we are as New Yorkers and Americans – if we said ‘no’ to a mosque in Lower Manhattan."


See also a related article in NYT