TLP: Who Are The People In Your Neighborhood?

Friday, August 20, 2010 , , 9 Comments

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In the midst of the continuing and growing smackdown over a proposed mosque near the World Trade Center site in New York, the Wall Street Journal took a strictly business approach to the story and wandered the neighborhood. What the paper found may not qualify for the "hallowed ground" category.

WSJ:
After the World Trade Center towers fell, a stripper named Chris went to volunteer in the recovery effort for the Red Cross. Nearly 10 years later, she dances just down the street from Ground Zero at the Pussycat Lounge.

Thousands of workers spend their days toiling in the neighborhood around the World Trade Center site, a space that had gained renewed national attention amid controversial plans to build an Islamic center there.

The project, known as Park51, is opposed by a majority of New York residents in recent opinion polls. Politicians both local and national argue that the plan is insensitive to families touched by the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, among others, has referred to the area around Ground Zero as “hallowed ground.”

But for Chris, who declined to give her last name, and other dancers at the two strip clubs within three blocks of the World Trade Center site, the neighborhood is just where they go to work.

As supporters held signs extolling religious freedom at the site of the proposed Islamic center Wednesday, a stripper who gave her name as Cassandra was working the afternoon shift at New York Dolls on Murray Street — just around the corner. She worried that calls to prayer from the mosque at Park51 might wake up neighbors. But when she was told that the organizers aren’t planning loudspeakers, she said she didn’t have a problem with the project.

“I don’t know what the big deal is,” Cassandra said. “It’s freedom of religion, you know?”

Down on Church Street, one block east of the proposed Islamic center and two blocks from Ground Zero, men placed bets on horse racing at an Off-Track Betting facility. One bettor said he could see why the families of victims might get upset about the mosque and community center, but scoffed at the notion that the area around the betting parlor was hallowed ground.

“The bums used to sit right in front of it,” he said of the Park51 location, which would replace a former Burlington Coat Factory store damaged in the terrorist attack.
Kind of charming and heart-warming. And kind of a good thing that it took nine years for the self-appointed zoning officers of lower Manhattan to start deciding who fits and who doesn't.

The Lazy Paperboy

Some say he’s half man half fish, others say he’s more of a seventy/thirty split. Either way he’s a fishy bastard.

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

A stripper with 10+ years of wear?

No thanks.

elf2006real said...

Yeah Pussycat Dolls is rather low rent.

NY Dolls on the other hand (JDA should get the hipster reference)
IS THE SHIT.

After 9/11 when I was..uh...BATSHIT CRAZY I dropped like 1500$ in one night, more than once!

It's strange. This huhbub seems to have woke that guy up (he's been quiet for years). I mean I am starting to become that person.

Anonymous said...

We're getting to a Tipping Point here.

elf2006real said...

Mind you it was worth 1500$ to forget things for a few hours.

Real Talent there!!

Elf - I am no hipster (JDA can confirm) and I get the reference. And I'm sure the girls will be glad to hear "that guy" may be back to see them ...

And Anon#2, I believe tipping is the point ...

elf2006real said...

Mind you we were not fighting Islam.

We were attacked by Takfiri Hip-Hop West Coast gangster style....

But because the American Muslims have been silent about it nor have they acted (all previous eruptions of the Takfiri heresies have been dealt with in house with total ruthlessness) and the American people have been subjected to endless indignities the last two years....

And because the Radical Takfiri jihadi have been allowed to control the narrative...

This is rapidly going to become a war of the American People (as opposed to this hapless govt) against Islam.

Fug it, they did it to themselves.

elf2006real said...

Anon #2 is me...dude...

And that's not the Tipping Point I'm referring to...

As far as those girls...trying to avoid bankruptcy ;-)

(not that it wouldn't be worth it).

... didn't recognize you without your elf shoes

elf2006real said...

Sigh.

And I was doing so well...