I keep hearing and reading all this discussion about the mosque and community center that is to be built in NYC yet I hear very little about this
Greek Orthodox Church that was a thriving community church prior to 9/11 and has yet to be rebuilt since the collapse of the towers (on it). Was it
It has not been forgotten but is to be blamed on bureaucratic red tape with the Port Authority because they own the land. This is across the street
from the WTC site (see map in above link) and it was crushed when the towers fell. This cannot accurately be compared to the mosque which purchased
private property away from the WTC site.
Entirely different circumstances and issue, but frustrating to the neighborhood as well. A bureaucratic plus nightmare. The issue with St Nick's is
complicated beyond what was implied by some, on an initial FoxNews report and then taken up by some for the cause against the community center.
St Nick's has been in arbitration and negotiations with the Port Authority for years about a land swap deal, for money. The Port Authority wanted the
land St. Nick's stood on for a security center for JP Morgan Chase and other buildings also in negotiation for ground zero. And there's probably
more to that story than even that. www.observer.com...
It was brilliant PR on someone's side to link this to the Islamic center, which had no such land swap or financial issues to deal with, is not
dealing with the Port Authority or other financial issues, and is, again, not even remotely the same situation.
Hope they get rebuilt soon too...in their old neighborhood. Sad that the greedy gluttons don't want to let them have back what was rightfully theirs
and they're getting swallowed up by the commerce pigs. My parents were married there.
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