'Ground Zero mosque' opens quietly

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'Ground Zero mosque' opens quietly
Islamic cultural centre sparked debate last year for being planned near New York's World Trade Center site.

Last Modified: 22 Sep 2011 12:06




An Islamic cultural centre close to the site where New York's World Trade Center once stood has opened quietly in spite of scenes last year of vehement protests from those who said the area should not house a mosque.

The opening ceremony for the Park51 centre on Wednesday featured a photo exhibit called "NYChildren", displaying over 160 portraits of immigrant children living in New York.

Sharif El-Gamal, the center's developer, said the biggest error on the project was not involving the families of 9/11 victims from the start.

"We made incredible mistakes," El-Gamal told The Associated Press in an earlier interview at his Manhattan office.

The building at 51 Park Place, two blocks from the World Trade Center site, includes a Muslim prayer space that has been open for two years.

The Islamic center sparked a national debate last year about the place of Islam among the numerous religions practised in the US.

more: 'Ground Zero mosque' opens quietly - Americas - Al Jazeera English

... and the world didn't end. Imagine that. :applouse:
 
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An interesting tidbit about neighborhoods is that it is so dense and there are SO many things, most won't even realize that they're even there. The street I used to work on, people would ask me, "Where is such and such?" I wouldn't know and I'd find out that it was on the same block in between the same two avenues.
 

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An interesting tidbit about neighborhoods is that it is so dense and there are SO many things, most won't even realize that they're even there. The street I used to work on, people would ask me, "Where is such and such?" I wouldn't know and I'd find out that it was on the same block in between the same two avenues.
Oh I'm sure the rioting in the streets, the public beheadings, and the chants of "death to the infidels" will help make the place stand out.
 
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Have you actually seen the building? It stands out, though not in the way you might think: Redirect Notice
They approved THAT? I actually did go to check out the building when my wife and I took the PATH into the city and then I walked up just to check it out.

The pre-existing building was apparently old enough that they considered making it a landmark building (landmark status in NYC doesn't really mean altogether that much and the landmark commission did vote to permit the proposed project to continue), but I thought that the existing storefront, which was the architectural point of contention was significant enough that the developers for the Cordoba House had agreed to somehow incorporate it into their new design?

Looking it up, I see the artists' rendering too and I'll put five bucks that design NEVER gets built, that is ONE ugly ass building.....{I could be wrong}
 

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They approved THAT? I actually did go to check out the building when my wife and I took the PATH into the city and then I walked up just to check it out.

The pre-existing building was apparently old enough that they considered making it a landmark building (landmark status in NYC doesn't really mean altogether that much and the landmark commission did vote to permit the proposed project to continue), but I thought that the existing storefront, which was the architectural point of contention was significant enough that the developers for the Cordoba House had agreed to somehow incorporate it into their new design?

Looking it up, I see the artists' rendering too and I'll put five bucks that design NEVER gets built, that is ONE ugly ass building.....{I could be wrong}
The non-representational geometrical detail is pretty typical of Islamic art, without the building actually using the memes of Islamic art in the ME.