Mosque Near Ground Zero Could Be Halted by Landmark Ruling


Apparently, the building two blocks from ground zero, which a Muslim organization hopes to turn into a mosque and community center, has been awaiting a ruling by the Landmarks Preservation Commission since 1989. Construction can't begin until the LPC votes, which it'll finally get around to doing soon. Opponents of the mosque (because the hijackers were also Muslim!) are hoping that a landmark designation would prevent the mosque from being built. As Post columnist Steve Cuozzo writes, this is "a favorite ploy of every knee-jerk, anti-progress faction in town: to seek retributive, retroactive landmarking of a building nobody cared about — until a landlord proposed replacing it with something the NIMBY crowd doesn't like."

Mosque's historic woe [NYP]