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As Sheepshead Bay Mosque Construction Progresses, Organizers Renew Outreach Efforts

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It’s been a while since we’ve had a proper update on the Sheepshead Bay mosque (2812 Voorhies Avenue). Last we heard, the opponents of the mosque, Bay People, lost their zoning challenge against the construction, but vowed to push forward with their lawsuit against the mosque’s backers (who, it should be noted, have filed a countersuit).

As the picture above illustrates, construction at the site has been moving along swiftly. The steel and cinder block frame is just about done on the first two stories, and work has started on the third (and final) floor. The third floor will be recessed from the front.

For what it’s worth, several readers have sent us e-mails noting that it’s not nearly as big as they expected.

That hasn’t soothed the fears of Bay People members, though. The opposition distributed an informational packet to media and local leaders in January summarizing their complaints and compiling letters to and from elected officials, attorneys, city agencies, et cetera. The packet also blasted some leaders that they felt were ignoring their concerns.

Though the group insists in the document that their concerns are about traffic, parking and quality of life, they also cast doubt on the background of the organizers.

“The organization behind the project ‘has a troubling history of associates with radical organizations and individuals that promote terrorism, anti-Semitist and reject Israel’s right to exist,’” they write.

The complete packet can be seen at the end of this post.

Muslim American Society, the mosque backers, are firing back with a renewed outreach effort.

Over the last several months, Noor Rowe, a recently hired outreach coordinator specifically serving the Sheepshead Bay Community Center (the mosque’s formal name), has been making the rounds at dozens of civic meetings over the past few months. Rowe has introduced herself at each of these meetings, distributed her contact information, and told residents she welcomes comments and concerns about their work on Voorhies Avenue.

At Community Board 15’s January meeting on Tuesday, Rowe spoke to the group about tensions in the neighborhood and the group’s intentions.

First and foremost, she noted, is that the opposition they face is part of a historical tradition.

“New York City historically has been a safe haven for people for religious freedom and a better life,” Rowe said. “Each group that immigrated here – be it Irish, Italian, Jewish, Chinese, et cetera – most were not welcomed regardless of the fact the laws said they should be.”

She argued that it’s often because of a lack of understanding or misinformation about that group, and said she looks forward to helping ease those tensions through understanding.

She also noted that Bay People has every legal right to oppose their construction, but, “whether the mosque is up or not, we all – be it Muslims, Christians, Athiests, what have you – have to live in this community together.”

And, perhaps most notably, in a message clearly directed towards those opponents who are challenging the mosque for non-quality-of-life reasons, Rowe sought to clear up any rumors about the group’s funding.

“Contrary to popular belief, we don’t have any extraneous funding from any terrorist organizations,” Rowe said. “Everything is done from our own community funding within ourselves.”

Here’s a video of Rowe’s statements to Community Board 15 this week:

And here’s the full packet distributed by Bay People:

Bay People’s documentation against Sheepshead Bay Mosque

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  1. It’s going to look very ugly. But other than that, I have no problem with these people worshiping a non-existent entity in the sky. Everyone knows the only true god is the Flying Sphagetti Monster. ALL HAIL THE FLYING SPAGHETTI MONSTER IN ALL ITS STARCHY GOODNESS.

  2. and before this gets out of hand AGAIN. 

    Please recite to me our Nations Anthem (The Star-Spangled Banner)

  3. The bigger news concerning Muslims is that I just found out they own Adelman’s deli!!!
    Shoot, as long as they keep making corned beef like that, I don’t care if the friggin Taliban’s running the place.
    Now I realize I can’t even tell the difference between a Jew and a Muslim. Perhaps we’d all be better off if that were the case.

  4. Whats more interesting is that the original Jewish owners sold it to one of their Italian employees who then sold it to Mo who currently owns the deli.

  5. I drove past today. The way the Bay People were carrying on, I thought that the building was going to  be at least as big as City Hall.  It is nowhere as big as I thought it would be. 


    Just thought I’d join you in the national anthem (not necessarily ours!)  I enjoyed your response.

  7. Why do you think it is going to look ugly?  Let’s just wait and see.  I am not muslim, but I know that they believe in only one God – the same guy that the rest of us believe in.  Allah is just the arabic word for God.

  8. Ahem, Not all of us Believe in a God……..

    Some live Agnostic lives too who Believe in Greater Deity’s

  9. You do realise that the arselifters prey 5 times a day. So they’ll be coming at dawn each and every day and parking out the street. Then the other 4 times each day. And there’ll be some clown yelling at the top of his lungs each time.

  10. Go home to podunk you racist shit. This site deals with our community, which you are not a part of. Irrelevant of anyone’s opinion about this mosque, the only thing we definitely don’t need some asshole from podunk offering opinions from his armchair on a community he has no knowledge or understanding of. Then again, if you had knowledge or understanding you’d probably not troll disqus powered blogs to promote your agenda of hate.

  11. Believe me, it can easily get much bigger. In London, where I used to live, We watched a small mosque opposite – which actually we did not know was a mosque because it was very discreet, in an upstairs apartment, take over the lower floor then next door, then building more behind, all illegally and without planning permission! We found out this happened after the old imam of the mosque, who apparently had refused to sell to some shias, was stabbed to death in his house. This was hushed up by the police! We complained to the local council who had already submitted to muslam and just lied outright to us. The mozlems started parking in our and our friends driveways. When we caught them and shooed them out, they never hurried, just took their time, with a look that said, we’ll be back – when you are gone! A mozlem woman who worked in a branch of a clothing shop, nearby, was allowed to have her son with her, at work, as she was surrounded by strange males including the security!! Everywhere they perverted and manipulated everything, not only to serve their cult but to show they were the bosses!!
    When people care more for money than they do for each other, then that is the beginning of the end!!

  12. @Lostinspace:  Isn’t it amazing how the left/mozlems always mention race, where none was mentioned before? Mozlems are not a race!

  13. Unlike
    churches, mosques are not places of spirituality, peace and sanctuary. They are
    quasi-military citadels and centres of subversion, intimidation and aggression. Example ‘Recep
    Tayyip Pigdogan, Turkey’s prime minister, said that ‘the mosques are our
    barracks, the minarets our bayonets, the domes our helmets, and the believers
    our soldiers.’…..And BTW ‘Barkingspider’ allaaah has nothing to do with the god of Jews or Christians absolutely Nothing ans I mean it,Capi. At contrary ,Allah is a shit crapping sandstone moon God embedded in a Stainless Steel Urinal.


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