The Closer You Get to Tribeca, the More in Favor People Are of the “Mosque”

08/20/2010 1:11 PM |


I’m having a really hard time these days stomaching the xenophobic ignorance of those opposing the downtown Islamic cultural center—as, it would seem, are the inhabitants of the neighborhood itself.

I’ve just been listening to a special Brian Lehrer call-in show, on which he asked citizens of Tribeca to weigh in with their thoughts on Park51; after about a half-dozen very articulate pro-mosque callers, Lehrer basically stopped, saying, “We could go on like this all day, all of our Tribeca callers seem to be in favor of the project.” Granted, this is a very unscientific, anecdotal sampling, but in the context of a national poll at 70 percent opposition, a NY state poll at 61 percent opposition, and NYC poll at 56 percent opposition, it seems to me that this “controversy” exists chiefly in the minds of political gameplayers setting the agenda for election season (which was always pretty obvious, but still).

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  • I worked at WFC from 97 to 99, that’s across the street from WTC, I’d get lunch almost every day from the falafel cart across the street from the south tower, go to lunch hour book readings and concerts at the Borders that was there (got to meet Tim McCarver at a book singing), Windows on the World for drinks after work, taking visiting friends to the observation deck… In my mind this place still exists. on 9/11 I watched from a rooftop in Astoria.

    I support this Islamic center/mosque or whatever people want to call it. Right after 9/11 any serious politician or person was saying how this is not about religion, how we should not blame the Muslims who are our neighbors. I remember there was talk of putting a multi-faith center at WTC site, a place where Jews Christians and Muslims could meet and pray, this was right after or within weeks of 9/11. I just don’t understand some of the arguments against, so are we now going to ban Muslims from the site? Arrest them if they dare to pray at the memorial? Put a crescent moon patch on them? That’s the logical conclusion of all this rhetoric. ok, that’s enough. Thanks for articles on this Jonny, I still think minds can be changed if people get more educated on this, if they are willing to listen.