Recently New York City Atlas readers have written to complain of a relatively new phenomenon, a cab swarm on Friday afternoons followed by street prayers, etc. I suspect the reason for this is there may be a plan afoot to build a mega mosque in this particular area.
Yes, everyone has religious liberty, but the street praying is territtorial and out of line. How disruptive to this quiet residential area of Manhattan. Mayor Gloomberg is banning smoking from Central Park and other public places but this is OK?
There was no activity at the site of the Ground Zero mega mosque either. They closed surrounding mosques and had worshippers come in from out of the area. Go down to the Ground Zero mosque location on Friday afternoon and check out all the out-of-state plates.
We have seen this activity grow to intolerable proportions in Paris. This reader writes from polite and lovely Riverside Drive and 72nd Street. Here is what Atlas reader Cos wrote:
As recently as one year ago there was typically zero activity at this location on Friday afternoons.
Below are photos (taken today) of what is now the norm. I counted over 250 taxicabs and 30 pedicabs choking the streets around the "Cultural Center". There was not a single squad car, or patrolman on foot, horse or bike anywhere to be seen in the area.
Here was the scene.
UPDATE: Reader Davida is spot on:
My husband drives a limo in NYC. If he pulls up to a location to pick up his client and sits there for more than thirty seconds he gets slapped with a $105.00 parking ticket. F**k, I'm gonna tell him to take a prayer rug with him, whip it out, take off his shoes and stick his butt in the air, the he can wait as long as he wants to and no more tickets. Seems as if you are muslim, you can get away with murder. Oh, that's right, they already do.
UPDATE: Special rights for special classes. This is submission to Islamic supremacism.
Jane, in the comment section, reports:
NEW YORK CITY POLICE DEPARTMENT SAYS DIRECTIVE NOT TO TICKET COMES DIRECTLY FROM BLOOMBERG THROUGH CITY COUNCIL
(212) 580-6411 20th precinct to verify