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#New York City

# new-york-city - Sunday 7 October, 2012

Check out this life-size Mousetrap game

Gigantic fun and games at New York engineering and inventor festival.

# new-york-city - Thursday 13 September, 2012

New York City's ban on large fizzy drinks to take effect in six months

The ban had been expected and has been welcomed by the city’s Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

# new-york-city - Tuesday 11 September, 2012

From The42 Did Andy Murray really only spend $6 at his US Open celebration party last night? Party Time

Did Andy Murray really only spend $6 at his US Open celebration party last night?

You’ve just won your first Grand Slam title and ended a 76-year winless streak for British men. How do you celebrate?

# new-york-city - Wednesday 29 August, 2012

From The42 Is this the ugliest billion-dollar stadium you have ever seen? Grand Designs

Is this the ugliest billion-dollar stadium you have ever seen?

If it’s not, we want to know.

# new-york-city - Sunday 12 August, 2012

Police shoot dead a man near Times Square in NYC

Police say the man lunged at them with a knife.

# new-york-city - Tuesday 31 July, 2012

From The Daily Edge Could zombies walk among us? Watch and find out... WOrld War Z

Could zombies walk among us? Watch and find out...

How will people react if (when?) the apocalypse comes?

# new-york-city - Friday 20 July, 2012

From The Daily Edge Look inside: Barack Obama's student flat is up for rent Gaff Force One This post contains images

Look inside: Barack Obama's student flat is up for rent

The US president’s tiny old apartment in New York is available. Let’s have a nosey around, shall we?

# new-york-city - Thursday 31 May, 2012

New York City set to ban large fizzy drinks Gulp This post contains a poll

New York City set to ban large fizzy drinks

NYC’s major Michael Bloomberg says he wants to ban the drinks from restaurants, cinemas and street stalls.

# new-york-city - Tuesday 8 May, 2012

New York City to launch public bike share scheme this summer

The city’s awaited bike scheme, launching this summer, will provide a “new, affordable, 24/7 transportation option for New Yorkers” according to Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

# new-york-city - Monday 30 April, 2012

World Trade Center is now New York's tallest building again Skyscrapers This post contains videos

World Trade Center is now New York's tallest building again

The new tower is reclaiming the title held by its predecessors destroyed on 9/11 – check out this time-lapse video of its eight-year construction…

# new-york-city - Wednesday 25 April, 2012

Tale of one city: almost one million never-before-seen photos of New York released Photos This post contains images

Tale of one city: almost one million never-before-seen photos of New York released

Some 870,000 images of New York City dating back from the mid-1880s have been released for the first time – showing everything from stately ports and bridges to grisly gangland killings.

# new-york-city - Saturday 21 April, 2012

The 9 at 9: Saturday

Good morning! Nine things to know this Saturday…

# new-york-city - Tuesday 28 February, 2012

Some 9/11 victims' remains went to landfill - Pentagon report

A report by the Pentagon has found that “several portions of remains” of people who died in the terrorist attacks were put in a landfill.

# new-york-city - Thursday 23 February, 2012

From The42 Corner men: Tipp stars to join Macklin at training camp Brothers In Arms

Corner men: Tipp stars to join Macklin at training camp

Eoin Kelly and the recently retired Lar Corbett will join Matthew Macklin in New York ahead of his St Patrick’s Day world title fight.

# new-york-city - Tuesday 21 February, 2012

Monaco prince hospitalised after brawl in New York bar

The 24-year-old prince, the son of Princess Caroline of Monaco, was briefly hospitalised after the brawl.

# new-york-city - Friday 10 February, 2012

From The Daily Edge New York mother launches $900 trillion lawsuit against city How Much??

New York mother launches $900 trillion lawsuit against city

Fausat Ogunbayo, 46, wants €682 trillion from the city, claiming her two sons were wrongfully removed from her care.

# new-york-city - Wednesday 14 December, 2011

Woman killed in freak lift accident in New York

The woman’s leg became caught in the closing doors of the lift, which then dragged her into the shaft.

# new-york-city - Tuesday 4 October, 2011

One dead, four injured after helicopter crashes into New York's East River New York This post contains videos

One dead, four injured after helicopter crashes into New York's East River

Local camera crews filmed dramatic scenes as all but one of the passengers on board a private helicopter were rescued.

# new-york-city - Sunday 28 August, 2011

In Pictures: the aftermath of Hurricane Irene Irene This post contains images

In Pictures: the aftermath of Hurricane Irene

Residents return to their homes along the east coast as New York dealt with the effects of the tropical storm.

# new-york-city - Friday 26 August, 2011

The Daily Fix: Friday The Daily Fix This post contains videos

The Daily Fix: Friday

All the day’s news: Dublin Fire Brigade unions head for the LRC, Anglo’s last ever accounts, New York prepares for evacuation, and more success for Shamrock Rovers and Conor Niland…

'Don't wait until the last minute': New Yorkers evacuate over storm New York This post contains videos

'Don't wait until the last minute': New Yorkers evacuate over storm

Thousands of Manhattan residents have been told to pack their bags before Hurricane Irene hits at the weekend.

# new-york-city - Thursday 11 August, 2011

'Unsafe' Statue of Liberty to close for 12-month renovation

The National Park Service says it needs time to implement new safety measures that have been three years in the making.

# new-york-city - Wednesday 20 July, 2011

New York man 'shoved iPhone down girlfriend's throat'

Police officials say a 37-year-old man shoved the device down his 23-year-old partner’s throat during a row.

# new-york-city - Wednesday 8 June, 2011

From The42 View from New York: Jeter hotting up, just like the Bronx Empire State

View from New York: Jeter hotting up, just like the Bronx

The temperature is rising in the Big Apple as the Yankees’ skipper heads towards a famous milestone.

# new-york-city - Sunday 15 May, 2011

IMF head charged with attempted rape following sexual assault allegations

Dominique Strauss-Kahn was pulled from an airplane moments before he was to fly to Paris, after a New York chamber maid told police he had sexually assaulted her in his hotel suite.

# new-york-city - Wednesday 4 May, 2011

New York City gets a suburban makeover - with Nissan taxis

New York City gets a suburban makeover - with Nissan taxis

Iconic yellow taxi fleet will be replenished with fuel-efficient models from Japanese giant.

# new-york-city - Tuesday 5 April, 2011

The 9 at 9: Tuesday

Nine things you need to know by 9am: Investigation underway after some gardaí allegedly joked about ‘raping’ and ‘deporting’ Corrib protesters; fears of a serial killer on the loose in New York and why Ireland’s not the only country worried about banking stress tests.

# new-york-city - Thursday 19 August, 2010

THERE ARE TWO GENERAL schools of thought regarding the plans to open a mosque in a building two blocks away from the former site of the World Trade Centre.

There are those who still feel the traumas of the September 11 terrorist attacks. They say that the idea of opening a place of devotion to Islam – the same faith whose fundamentalist adherents were responsible for 2,976 civilian deaths – is an affront to those who lost their lives, or their loves, on 9/11.

Then there are those, including President Obama, who say that the United States itself is founded on pluralism: the idea that a single society can exist in spite of – and can indeed defend – a multitude of faiths and belief systems.

In between, however, there is a third group: the Muslim community of Manhattan that simply asks for a place to pray.

An unpopular population

“You know how many Muslims are in this area?,” asks Saad Madaha from Ghana, who prays in a mosque only four blocks from Ground Zero, in a basement beneath a nightclub.

“I would like to see a mosque that looks more like a mosque. I would like to go and pray and have full concentration in my prayers and not have music bashing me in my head.”

Madaha, in that case, is presumably not all that impressed with the plans for the proposed Corboda Centre, which will occupy a disused coat factory on Park Place. The glass-and-steel tower will not look much like a mosque at all: in fact, it won’t even have a crescent moon on its roof.

Some of his fellow Muslims, however, can understand why Governor David Paterson, among others, wants to move the new place of worship to a location with slightly less emotional baggage.

[caption id="attachment_12974" align="alignnone" width="544" caption="Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf is the man behind the 'Cordoba House Initiative' that has drawn such controversy. Photo: Craig Ruttle/AP"]Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf is the man behind the 'Cordoba House Initiative' that has drawn such controversy. Photo: Craig Ruttle/AP[/caption]

“We need mosques, but anywhere but Ground Zero. It’s going to be a problem all the time,” said Sheikh Hossein, 42, from Bangladesh. ”We want to pray peacefully. I don’t want to pray and fight somebody else over the location.

“If this mosque is built here, every time there is terrorism, they are going to blame us.”

But while Hossein’s logic is also sound, Madaha say relocation would be an insult, saying an victory won by the mosque’s opponents would be “a slap on religion”.

A central focal point for a dispersed community

Another factor that muddies the waters is the fact that many New York Muslims simply don’t have the time or habit of worshipping in their own neighbourhoods, and are required to fit their prayer around their working schedules.

A downtown site in Manhattan suits their needs, therefore, because it’s well serviced by public transport and is in the heart of the financial district that employs so many Muslims.

Obama says he has “no regrets” about taking a controversial stance on the project, which has threatened to become a major issue in November’s mid-term elections which could see his Democratic party lose control of Congress to the Republicans.

Before that, however, there is a more pressing issue: the ninth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks and a protest arranged for that date, part-organised and to be attended by the families of people killed at the World Trade Centre.

The Muslim community – who will also hold an event of some sort, with the details yet to be discussed – is worried that the event may turn violent, particularly with the anniversary coming at the end of the holy month of Ramadan.

But it seems that no matter what the outcome, there is no way to please everyone. If the mosque is opened, it will almost certainly become a target for sectarian hatred; Obama will face dissent in November’s polls and beyond, and even some of its worshippers will not appreciate the ‘un-Mosque-ish’ look of the building.

If it does not happen, then the Islamic community of New York and beyond will have reason to feel marginalised and victimised in revenge for attacks they condemn and had no part to play in.

Proof, perhaps, that the work of the terrorists has been successful in removing a little of the freedom from the Land of the Free.

# new-york-city - Wednesday 4 August, 2010

NEW YORK’S Landmarks Preservation Commission has given the green light to plans to build a multi-storey mosque just around the corner from the site of the September 11 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Centre.

Opponents of the building believed the $100m mosque – which will stand over 13 storeys – was an insensitive monument to the deaths of almost 3,000 people killed when two planes flew into the ‘twin towers’ of the centre.

But the mosque was approved after the city’s mayor, Michael Bloomberg, said that Muslim religious freedom had to be respected.

The mayor had been opposed by fellow Republicans Newt Gingrich, who labelled it an “act of triumphalism”, and Sarah Palin who called it “a stab in the heart of the families of the innocent victims” of September 11.

Opponents had appealed to the Commission to declare the site a landmark so as to protect it from non-municipal use, but it voted unanimously that the building – a disused former coat factory – was not considered important enough to merit the status.

Backers of the scheme, however, believe it would help to promote tolerance and that the Cordoba House mosque would ultimately become a symbol of good inter-faith relations within America.

The commission’s hearings had seen significant public protests, with protestors holding signs that claimed Islam “builds mosques at the sites of their conquests and victories” and “Don’t glorify murders of 3,000 – no 9/11 victory mosque”.

The developer behind the project welcomed the ruling and said the mosque would be similar to the famous 92nd Street Y, a mainly Jewish organisation open to all regardless of their religion.

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