October 3rd, 2010
05:10 PM ET

First images of proposed NYC Islamic center

The group behind the proposed Islamic cultural center near New York's ground zero has released what it is calling the first official images of the center.

The website for the project, known as the Park51 Community Center, said that the "new images display an updated exterior and provide a first look into Park51’s interior and lend some insight on how we’re envisioning the project," in a post that went up Tuesday but that initially drew little notice.

Plans for the $100 million, 13-story center include a 500-seat auditorium, classrooms and conference rooms, space for social events, a 9/11 memorial, a pool and a gym.

Scores of Muslims are already using the Lower Manhattan site as a mosque.

The imam behind the proposed Islamic center and mosque is largely avoiding New York City because of security concerns and is receiving protection from the New York Police Department, according to those close to the imam.

The images of the project were produced by SOMA Architects, which Park51's website identifies as the project's architectural design consultants.

- CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

Filed under: 'Ground zero mosque' • Islam • Muslim • New York • United States

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  1. Virginia

    I've recently serattd a site, the information you provide on this site has helped me greatly. Thanks for all of your time & work. A creative man is motivated by the desire to achieve, not by the desire to beat others. by Ayn Rand.

    April 4, 2012 at 2:14 am |
  2. Colbert Fan

    If you take the picture of the outside of the building, and put it in a chromatic inverse, highlight all tessellations greater than 130 degrees, and enhance, you will get : http://www.colbertnation.com/the-colbert-report-videos/361889/october-12-2010/tip-wag-peabody-public-schools–andy-rooney-ground-zero-mosque-design (copy and paste into your browser, then go to 5:13 in the clip)

    October 21, 2010 at 3:13 pm |
    • Cemil

      If two of the hosts stomp off the set in a hissy fit, I think they should gcnahe the name of the show from The View to Our View . What good is a show supposedly tolerant of different views/opinions, if one cannot state their view/opinion? Hopefully, on November 3rd, these two idiots, and millions like them, will be found in the corner in the fetal position, sucking their thumbs and whimpering.

      April 1, 2012 at 6:43 pm |
  3. Ella

    I don't wish all Muslims bad but the ones who bombed all races that day. They are the ones I think should be punished. I do however think that if they had the chance they'd bomb this mosque as well. They are heartless and horrible people who don't care about anyone else. Not children surely not women....they are the extremists who need to be brought down not the good people. I feel for the good people in those country being ruled by the likes of those in charge.

    October 15, 2010 at 4:43 am |
  4. Mark

    I think the solution to this whole mosque issue is rather simple. If a mosque is going to be build on ground zero, then why not build other religious facilities by or near this particular mosque in ground zero? Let’s for example, built a Jewish synagogue center next to this mosque. And then we can erect a Christian Church on the other side of the mosque. And let’s not forget the Hindu and Buddhist temples either. In order words, we would have a religious center. Honoring all the major faiths in this great country call America.

    By placing only this mosque at ground zero implies we are putting the muslins in a stage higher than other religious faiths. And I do not know the exact statistics on who actually died on that tragic day on 9/11/01. But I am pretty sure less than 5% of the fallen heroes were of the muslin faith.

    October 14, 2010 at 11:53 pm |
  5. Iqbal khan

    Well please listen and read this..

    October 8, 2010 at 9:24 pm |
  6. Kem

    I have a lot to say but I know it would not do any good to say any thing no one is going to listen, so I will say one thing only..it is plain and simple this is not bringing peace between non-Muslims and Muslims. it is just causing more problems. so why do it

    October 8, 2010 at 11:03 am |
  7. JohnWorsham

    You have got to be kidding me

    October 7, 2010 at 11:20 pm |
  8. Letmuallin



    Actually, the Muslims should burn their copies of the koran for the 1400 year old con job that is pulled on them daily by the imams and ayatollahs. Christians should burn their copies of the NT for the 2000 year old con job that has been perpetuated on them by popes, bishops, priests, ministers and evangelicals. And Jews should burn their copies of the OT/Torah for the 6000 year old con job pulled on them by their past and current rabbis.


    Just open the doors, let 'em all in. All people from all countries, let them come to America, land of the Free.
    Let all worship and build churches, mosques, whatever.
    Lets embrace all people, everywhere.
    We cannot discriminate, so that includes AlQueida.
    Lets invite the Iranians, and the whole middle east nations.
    When they all get here, lets let the atheists and other anti religious sects, shut down ALL religous things.
    No Gods, bible, qurans, etc.
    Just man, period. Oh, and Science.
    No biased, no bigotry, no discrimination.
    Then all will live in peace.
    There will be not retribution for any sin, as sin will be normal in society in which we live.
    Sounds like a plan,huh?
    Mayby people will allow people to marry thier dogs, cats, and other animals. After all, its a free country.
    We will,
    have a cleaner society, no sickness, no insanity.
    Everyone will have freedom, and freedom of expressions.
    We will all embrace one another.
    What a wonderful life we will have

    October 6, 2010 at 6:01 pm |
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