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[UPDATE: THE LANDMARKS COMMISSION DID INDEED DENY LANDMARK STATUS TO 45 PARK PLACE. THE NEWS HAD IT RIGHT.]

Like I said already, New Yorkers are not stupid bigots.

According to the New York Daily News, the City Landmarks Commission will not block the razing of an old building to construct a Muslim-financed community center two blocks from the World Trade Center site.

Fire-breathing opponents to the project, led by dragonmasters Pamela Geller and Robert Spencer, were banking on the Landmarks commissioners to put the kabosh on Park 51 Project, a community center that would include (oh, noez!) a mosque. Geller, Spencer and other Muslim haters were pressuring the commissioners to protect the historic value of the existing 152-year building at 45 Park Place in Lower Manhattan.

But it has none. It’s nothing special. From the News:

The Italianate building on Park Place, two blocks north of Ground Zero, simply does not meet architectural criteria for protection from the city, sources with knowledge of the issue said.

 
“The building is not worthy,” a source said. “It does not rise to the level of an individual landmark.”

Park51 Project

Park51 Project conceptual drawing

The new building will probably be a better looking landmark than the heap that’s there now, if this conceptual drawing at right is any indication.

The commission is expected to vote unanimously at its meeting Tuesday morning to let the project continue.

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