The speed in which they are ramming this offensive and insulting mega mosque through is breathtaking. Tomorrow morning, the landmark commission, all Bloomberg appointees, will vote no for the landmark status on the building that was partially destroyed by a piece of the plane that hit the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001. On that same day, World Trade Center Tower 2 came down on St. Nicholas Church, completely destroying the building and its contents (see photo above). Only a handful of damaged icons and religious items were found amongst the rubble. That iconic church remains yet to be rebuilt due to obstacles and red tape by the city. The interminable delays typify Ground Zero delays, another barren gaping hole.
But not for the 15 story mega nosque. No problems there. Bloomberg is ramming this stab in the eye of every American through at breathtaking speed. Read this.
There will be no speeches Tuesday. No remarks. Just the vote.
I know most Atlas readers work, but if you are in the area PLEASE GO TOMORROW MORNING at 9:30 a.m. to the main theater of the Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts at Pace University,
3 Spruce Street
New York, NY 10038
East of Park Row, near the corner of Gold Street
SUBWAY: #3 or # 2 to Park Place; 4 or 5 or 6 to Brooklyn Bridge/City Hall; A or C to Broadway / Nassau Street; N or R to City Hall ; J or Z or M to Chambers Street.
BUS: M1, M6, M9, M10, M15, M22, M101, M102
PARKING: Outdoor Hospital parking lot, entrance on Beekman St. at William St.
The city's Landmarks Preservation Commission has made a quick turnaround on the controversial site for a potential ground zero mosque, and will hold a vote on it this coming Tuesday, Aug. 3—during what will likely be a very calm public meeting.
The Commission held a hearing two weeks ago to discuss the potential landmark status of 45-47 Park Place, a five-story building, that stands as a prominent example of the store and loft structures that dominated the drygoods warehouse districts of the Lower Manhattan. (The Observer profiled the building earlier this month.)
While it's not definite that the Commission will vote against a landmark designation, Mayor Bloomberg, who appoints the Commission's members, has made his support for the mosque very clear. And though it attracted a lot of media attention and a rowdy crowd at the official hearing—moved to Hunter College to accomodate the masses—it's not the architecture or historical significance that most care about.
But that's exactly what the Commission will be voting on at 9:30 a.m. in the main theater of the Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts at Pace University.
The possible landmark status dates all the way back to 1989, when the Commission held public hearings to consider designation for Tribeca districts and individual sites. In March, the Commission met with the owners, who represent the Cordoba Initiative, to explain that the building is on the Commission's calendar, and cannot be designated or removed without a public hearing and vote.
The owners plan to build a mosque and Muslim community center, but the proposal has stirred quite a bit of controversy with the families of 9/11 victims, and politicians vying for office, too.
UPDATE: Thanks to Barbara P:
Per candidate George Demos (Google him or report on www.Foxnews.com) the Port Authority has become a roadblock to the rebuilding of this Church. This effort is stalled while the mosque at ground zero gets fast tracked. UNACCEPTABLE!
You may remember that the citizens of Bari, Italy raised $500,000.00 and gave it to the Church’s leaders for the rebuilding effort. That money was raised in 6 months after 9/11 occurred. The Church has a deal with the Port Authority which states they would give the Church more land to rebuild. The PA keeps stalling. Its time for us to push them forward.
Here’s their website: http://www.panynj.gov
Let them know you want them to complete the deal so the Church can be rebuilt. 9 years is far too long for this to have gone on and we won’t stand for it.