Islamic Cultural Center


Park 51 Imam Faces Donor Lawsuit

Tuesday, February 05, 2013

A donor says an imam who became a lightning rod for heated debate over a planned mosque and Islamic Center near ground zero, known as Park 51, used millions of dollars in contributions to his separate charity for pricey trips, a sports car and other personal expenses.



Judge Blocks Islamic Center Eviction, but Says It Owes Back Rent

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

A New York State supreme court judge issued an injunction saying that Con Ed cannot evict the developer of an Islamic community center near the World Trade Center site despite being owed back rent.



Controversial Islamic Cultural Center Opens

Thursday, September 22, 2011


There was no sign of protest at the Park51 community center last night. It opened its doors to the public in lower Manhattan Wednesday, without the opposition that had surrounded the project for a year.

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Park 51 Opens Renovated Space with Photo Exhibit of NYC Immigrant Children

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

The developers of the Islamic community center near Ground Zero will open the controversial space to the public for the first time Wednesday night. The community center will showcase a 169-image photo exhibition by Danny Goldfield entitled “NYChildren” in the newly renovated space.



9/11 Anniversary Brings Islamic Center Supporters and Opponents to the Streets

Thursday, September 09, 2010

Both supporters and opponents of the proposed Islamic cultural center and mosque near Ground Zero plan to take to the streets this weekend as Saturday marks the ninth anniversary of the World Trade Center attacks.

The proposed development, known as Park51, has brought about significant controversy in New York City and across the country.

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Two Blocks From Ground Zero: Scenes of Everyday Life

Friday, August 27, 2010

These days, if you're down around the site of the planned Islamic cultural center and mosque two blocks from Ground Zero, you might find a few protesters. But mostly you'll find a New York neighborhood going about its usual business.

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Islamic Cultural Center and Mosque Draws Competing Rallies in Lower Manhattan

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Separated by just a couple of blocks and a vigilant police force, supporters and opponents of the proposed Park51 development rallied simultaneously on Sunday in hopes of influencing the public debate over the Islamic cultural center and mosque. The rally against the project was the more sophisticated of the two events, boasting a stage and sound system from which Bruce Springsteen and various country hits blared. The other rally, supporting Park51, was organized by a coalition of anti-war and socialist groups, but drew unaffiliated individuals and some Muslims as well. Many of them said the opposition to the mosque was borne of Islamophobia.

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Organizers of Islamic Cultural Center Speak Out

Friday, August 20, 2010

Daisy Khan, head of the American Society for Muslim Advancement -- and one of the organizers of a proposed Islamic mosque and cultural center near the World Trade Center site -- says dropping the plan is not an option. The developers of Park51 also said Friday that they never had plans to meet with Gov. David Paterson to discuss his offer to help find a site other than the planned location.

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Dueling Rallies Scheduled Near Proposed Islamic Cultural Center

Friday, August 20, 2010

The controversy over a proposed Islamic cultural center is bringing dozens of tourists and locals to Lower Manhattan, to a dingy stretch of Park Place to see where it would be built. In some cases, seeing the former Burlington Coat Factory building up close is changing people's minds about the seriousness of the issue.



NY Archbishop Weighs in on Mosque Debate

Thursday, August 19, 2010

New York Archbishop Timothy Dolan says his "major prayer" is that both sides in the debate over a proposed mosque and and community center blocks from the World Trade Center site can have a "respectful discussion" over plans.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Open Phones: Eminent Domain to Seize Islamic Cultural Center Land?

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Republican gubernatorial candidate Carl Paladino is airing an ad in which he claims that he would "use the power of eminent domain to stop the mosque." 

Opponents of Cordoba House – would you like the state to seize the private property to halt the Islamic Center?

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The Takeaway

Imagining a 'World Without Islam'

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

The recent debate over whether an Islamic cultural center should be allowed to be built near Ground Zero has only gotten hotter since President Obama weighed in last Friday. "As a citizen, and as president," Obama said, "I believe that Muslims have the right to practice their religion as everyone else in this country. And that includes the right to build a place of worship and a community center on private property in lower Manhattan, in accordance with local laws and ordinances. This is America. And our commitment to religious freedom must be unshakable." Stoked by arguments over this one building, the national discussion about Islam's role in American society has dramatically heated up. That got us thinking about Graham Fuller's new book, "A World Without Islam."

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The Washington Report

WQXR's The Washington Report

Monday, August 16, 2010

David Sanger, of The NYT, talks about Obama's stance on NYC's planned Islamic cultural center and mosque, and Gates' comments on recent North Korean aggression.

The Brian Lehrer Show

Center of Controversy

Monday, August 16, 2010

Jerrold Nadler, U.S. Representative (D-8th) who represents Lower Manhattan, comments on the plans to build an Islamic center near Ground Zero.

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Obama Clarifies Remarks on Islamic Cultural Center

Sunday, August 15, 2010

The president this weekend expanded on a statement he made Friday evening when he said that Muslims have the same right to freedom of religion as everyone else in America.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Controversial Mosque Plans

Monday, August 09, 2010

The proposed Islamic cultural center at the WTC site isn't the only plan surrounded by controversy. Sumathi Reddy, reporter for the Wall Street Journal's Greater New York section, is keeping tabs on opposition to mosques in other NYC neighborhoods, including Sheepshead Bay and Midland Beach. 

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The Brian Lehrer Show

WTC Muslim Community Center

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Daisy Khan, executive director and co-founder of the American Society for Muslim Advancement (ASMA), talks about the controversy surrounding the proposed Muslim Community Center at the WTC site.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Mosque Near Ground Zero

Friday, May 28, 2010

Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, founder of the Cordoba Initiative and the American Society for Muslim Advancement (ASMA), and Daisy Khan, executive director of the ASMA, discuss plans to have a mosque and Muslim community center near Ground Zero.

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