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

soundoff (781 Responses)
  1. Ted

    ...Wait until you see it ALL AGLOW in Flames and Embers....Now THAT Will Be a Pretty Sight....Marshmellows anyone??

    October 4, 2010 at 4:08 pm |
    • Frank

      The five posts above this one were made by a hive mind.

      October 4, 2010 at 4:14 pm |
  2. Ron

    ...Wait until you see it ALL AGLOW in Flames and Embers....Now THAT Will Be a Pretty Sight....Mashmellows anyone??

    October 4, 2010 at 4:06 pm |
  3. al

    i would prefer our tax dollars to be used removing every muslim from the continent

    October 4, 2010 at 4:05 pm |
    • Muneef

      Sorry to see such unexplained hatred by you to muslims, unless individually been damaged by a Muslim I do not see why such hatred that maybe drove you to think that the whole Middle East is terrorist that need to be removed and their wealth,land,oil taken for America since she is the one that meant to exist above all nations skulls? Hope you were not been molested by any then I would have excused you?

      October 5, 2010 at 10:07 am |
  4. al

    its a heap of trash

    October 4, 2010 at 4:03 pm |
  5. al

    anything muslim is garbage

    October 4, 2010 at 4:02 pm |
  6. Frank

    The facade of the building looks like a spider web or a bunch of Stars of David superimposed over each other. :\

    October 4, 2010 at 4:01 pm |
    • Frank

      I see I wasn't the only one to notice that. Me thinks Zionism is rearing its ugly head here. Hmm.

      October 4, 2010 at 4:02 pm |
    • Muneef

      You must be right again that this is non Islamic center nor it is a mosque. If was a Mosque or an Islamic center they would have allowed it to be built with full support and guards. And would any Mosque or Islamic center be looking non Islamic or eastern touch? This place is going to be the base for Zionists to plan and conspire against Islam attracting Muslim youngsters fill their brains with ideas and use them for terrorist acts framing therefore Islam further...
      You can notice from the David star designs beside that the building design is looking like some spider web which is clear that it will act as a trap for weaker insects. I add my voice to those saying no to building to it close to zone or any where else. So be careful now otherwise you will end up blaming all Muslims... Wolves wearing Sheep Skin they are.

      October 5, 2010 at 12:34 pm |
  7. justask

    This building may not be IN ground zero, but ironically the existing building was closed because of damaged it suffered the day of the attack. Landing gear from one of the planes crashed threw the roof. I'd say it's close enough to be hurtful. or to make a statement about the "accomplishments" that day.

    October 4, 2010 at 4:00 pm |
  8. Aishah Schwartz

    Big C: Thoughts of the Star of Davids on the facade of the building?

    Relieved to find I wasn't the only one who saw that...

    October 4, 2010 at 3:56 pm |
  9. Mike

    Do not allow this mosque to be built. You will be sorry. This is not a peaceful world we live in. Make them leave the U.S.

    October 4, 2010 at 3:54 pm |
  10. Frank

    I don't think this center will ever be built, honestly. I think this is a lot of talk and fear mongering over nothing.

    October 4, 2010 at 3:54 pm |
  11. stuntborg

    Whoa, 70s science-fiction!

    October 4, 2010 at 3:52 pm |
  12. Frank

    Apparently, there was an Orthodox parish destroyed in the attacks. Did they ever rebuild that?

    October 4, 2010 at 3:52 pm |
  13. Nate

    Think of the economic impact people. A building like this will create over 300 window washing jobs that can't be outsourced. Also, we can probably expect it to employ at least 3 full time staff members for dead bird collection alone.

    October 4, 2010 at 3:50 pm |
  14. Kat

    I... actually don't like the way it looks. Could be the angles of the photos.

    October 4, 2010 at 3:45 pm |
  15. Sen

    So just to add my little comment to this morass... I must say that this conversation is hilarious. There is such a delicious mix of hatred, compassion, reason and emotion that I could not even digest it all. It is delightful to see such a discourse for me. It seems that there has been a recent shift from reality to some amusing and perverted version of fantasy. I may not see the same things you see the same way, but I do not remember a serious outcry about Islam being the progenitor of hate since before the last few years. What has changed? I am sure terrorism existed before that time. Extremist, on both sides, were still gnashing their teeth and rattling their swords at each other. What really changed? Someone answer that for me. Don't include scripture or biblical references though. I don't care about your religious teachings. Seems like hate just needed a new direction and people decided that new focal point should be Islam. Sad really, while I was pretty sure the world would destroy itself I thought the religious connection was dwarfed by the avarice to consume all possible resources or some massive war... Guess I was wrong. It'll be all three it seems at once. ^o^

    October 4, 2010 at 3:44 pm |
  16. Anton

    I think that building the Mosque/Islamic center is a bad idea in general. Don’t get me wrong I believe in freedom of religion in United States but lets face the reality here this will create all sorts of problems! I truly believe this mosque “Islamic center” might be a security concern. I could easily see some of the Americans who lost their love ones in the terrorist attack developed a lot of anger towards Islamic culture, thus finding this mosque unacceptable (I mean put yourself into their shoes). This could potentially lead a few crazy people who have nothing to lose in this world trying to blow up the mosque, once it is built….. Remember It only takes one person to start the ball rolling………

    October 4, 2010 at 3:37 pm |
  17. Geert is Great

    This thing is tacky and in bad taste from thought to execution. Have you see the outside? It looks like a pile of bones with an airplane flying over it (note the shallow "V" shape of the roof). Coincidence? I think not.

    October 4, 2010 at 3:35 pm |
    • Guest

      I agree with you I see the same thing!

      October 4, 2010 at 3:38 pm |
  18. AG

    Islamic center with star of david shapes? hmmm....

    October 4, 2010 at 3:22 pm |
  19. AmericanPieX

    what i find funny is how people tend to call Islam and Muslims racist, 🙂 really it is funny. Because only in Islam do you find different races standing side by side shoulder to shoulder, ankle to ankle in prayer 5 times a day and during Hajj where no one is different, all you are forced to see is a melting pot of people doing the same pilgrimage. A melting pot American once used to tout has been an Islamic gift for 1400 years.

    Muslims have to answer as much for the 911 attackers as Christian, white American's have to answer for Timothy McVeigh or Hitler (he was white and christian)

    If ground zero was soooo sacred then what have the people in American done to show this??? any memorials?? any osama bin ladens captured??? if 911 was so sacred what have Americans done to seek out real justice rather than two wars making bush and company richer?? how can American's say this is sacred ground?? its a date on the calendar with no meaning, if it happened on Christmas would Americans stop playing jingle bell rock and no more Christmas morning with gifts under the tree??

    October 4, 2010 at 3:19 pm |
    • Ron

      @AmericanPieX- there is something really funny about your post...Were you trying to be funny? B/C I just pee'd myself. It sounded like you "AmericanPieX" was challeging the moral integrity of Americans...I just pee'd again!

      October 4, 2010 at 3:48 pm |
    • Joe

      One tires of this Islamic excuse, "just look at Timothy McVeigh, he was a white Christian Terrorist". For your information, McVeigh, during several interviews, said he was an Atheist at the time of the bombing. Moreover, his motivation was not religious in nature, but rather, that He "feared and disliked Big Government". This means that he was an Atheistic Anarchist, and NOT in any way acting as a "Christian Terrorist". He did not like the American Government. He was NOT on some Christian crusade. It's time to put this Islamic canard to rest. No, Muslims, you must squarely confront Islamic Terrorism, and remove these terrible crimes from Islam. And also, please stop using McVeigh as an excuse for every act of Islamic Terrorism. Please take responsibility for your own actions. Stop blaming your terrorism on Jews and Christians....Grown up adults are responsible for their actions. Children and evidently, Muslims, (so far), aren't.

      October 4, 2010 at 10:15 pm |
  20. Sammy

    This design makes me dizzy looking at it.

    October 4, 2010 at 3:19 pm |
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