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A Big Mosque Goes Up in Brooklyn, and No One Objects

Sunday, October 17, 2010 - 08:18 PM

Just when we were led to believe getting a mosque built in New York was guaranteed to cause controversy, here's an article in the Brooklyn Eagle that says otherwise. This $2 million project in Brighton Beach, meant to serve a community of about 5,000 Turkish-Americans, is set to be Brooklyn's largest mosque, but hasn't generated opposition:

After nearly a decade of fundraising and construction, the four-story American-Turkish Eyup Sultan Cultural Center on Brighton Third Street is scheduled to officially open in early December.

The mosque opened temporarily in August for Ramadan, and unlike the controversial Ground Zero cultural center, received very little attention. The Turkish cultural center also escaped the scrutiny of the Bay People, the Sheepshead Bay organization that has feverishly protested a proposed mosque on Voorhies Avenue.

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Comments [2]

Bay People Inc. from Brooklyn, NYC

We are not sure why we were mentioned in this article as were not against every mosque construction. We are a neighborhood organization dedicated to preserving quality of life in SheepsheadBay. This project is not in SheepsheadBay and this community of roughly 5,000 Turkish-Americans spent nearly a decade struggling with contractors and desperately trying to attain funds for their center. Moreover, that street has low-income houses and apartments, along with NYPD horse stables and the nursing home. In contrast, Voorhies Avenue is purely residential community with private homes. There is metered and paid parking available on BrightonBeach and there is no such parking provisions on Voorhies Avenue, which is a one one lane street in each direction.

Oct. 19 2010 12:35 PM
elka from NYC

So, doesn't this tell everyone that there is only opposition to the extremely sensitive area around the WTC? Americans are good people and don't forget we are a representation of the world. We get along pretty well considering our diversity. I am happy to hear about this story.

Oct. 18 2010 08:36 AM

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