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In 2010, controversy erupted over a plan to build an Islamic Cultural Center on Park Place in Lower Manhattan, two blocks from the devastated World Trade Center site.... Read More

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  • Linda Sarsour
    Linda Sarsour

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Key Events

Global Events
Local Events

1965 Federal Hart-Celler Act opens America’s doors to new immigrants of all faiths and from all parts of the world

1980 Arab-American Anti-Discrimination Committee founded in Washington, DC

1993 First World Trade Center bombing by militant Islamists kills six, injures over 1,000

2001 Al Qaeda attacks destroy the World Trade Center, as well as target the Pentagon and another Washington site; 2,819 killed

2001 Beginning of war in Afghanistan

2001 Arab American Association of New York founded in Brooklyn

2001 Iraq War begins amidst antiwar protests

2009 Plans announced to build Islamic Cultural Center at 51 Park Place

2010 Competing rallies supporting and opposing the building of Park51 each draw about 2,000 demonstrators on September 11

2011 Park51 opens to the public with “NYChildren,” a photographic exhibition

2014 New York Police Department disbands its demographics unit devoted to gathering intelligence regarding Muslim communities in New York beginning in 2002

2015 Park51 structure demolished; developers announce plans to build a new Islamic community center and condominiums

Key Events

1965
Federal Hart-Celler Act opens America’s doors to new immigrants of all faiths and from all parts of the world
1980
Arab-American Anti-Discrimination Committee founded in Washington, DC
1993 First World Trade Center bombing by militant Islamists kills six, injures over 1,000
2001
Al Qaeda attacks destroy the World Trade Center, as well as target the Pentagon and another Washington site; 2,819 killed
2001
Beginning of war in Afghanistan
2001 Arab American Association of New York founded in Brooklyn
2001
Iraq War begins amidst antiwar protests
2009 Plans announced to build Islamic Cultural Center at 51 Park Place
2010 Competing rallies supporting and opposing the building of Park51 each draw about 2,000 demonstrators on September 11
2011 Park51 opens to the public with “NYChildren,” a photographic exhibition
2014 New York Police Department disbands its demographics unit devoted to gathering intelligence regarding Muslim communities in New York beginning in 2002
2015 Park51 structure demolished; developers announce plans to build a new Islamic community center and condominiums