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Landmarks Commission Clears Islamic Center

Defeat for Cordoba House opponents

by
Marc Tracy
August 03, 2010
Officially not landmarked.(Timothy A. Clary/AFP/Getty Images)
Officially not landmarked.(Timothy A. Clary/AFP/Getty Images)

Well, the Anti-Defamation League’s scarcely coherent opposition was apparently not enough: This morning, New York City’s Landmarks Preservation Commission voted unanimously to deny landmark status to 45-47 Park Place, the building two blocks from Ground Zero in lower Manhattan that is the planned spot for a new Islamic center. (Last month, Mark Bergen reported on a heated hearing in front of the Commission.) Cordoba House is one big step closer to realization.

Marc Tracy is a staff writer at The New Republic, and was previously a staff writer at Tablet. He tweets @marcatracy.

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