The site of the proposed Islamic Center (AP/Louis Lanzano)Remember last summer's raging controversy over a proposed mosque in lower Manhattan?
Well, ex-firefighter Timothy Brown certainly does--he's been locked in a court battle to block the mosque's construction ever since. Brown argued that the 150-year-old building on Park Place that will be knocked down to make way for Park51 should have been declared a landmark, and preserved by the city.
Like many opponents of the mosque--which is part of a proposed Muslim cultural complex called Park51--Brown argued that it would be too close to the site of the Sept. 11 attacks. Park51's supporters said that they are promoting a mainstream brand of Islam that has nothing to do with the radical and violent views of the hijackers--and that the furor over the project represented a wider trend of anti-Muslim sentiment in the country.Read More »from Judge nixes firefighter’s suit to block NYC mosque