By Yepoka Yeebo
MANHATTAN — The area around Ground Zero is packed with liquor stores, bars, and even sex shops, not quite the unblemished hallowed ground mosque opponents say they want to protect, according to a Daily News report.
In addition to the seedier establishments, there are also dozens of salons, pizza shops and banks within three blocks of the site, according to the paper.
Groups opposed to the building of a Islamic cultural center and mosque on the site of a former Burlington Coat Factory at 45 Park Place have called the plan insensitive because of its proximity to Ground Zero.
Also taking up space near the site of the Sept. 11th terrorist attacks are Thunder Lingerie, and the Pussycat Lounge, a strip club, located just two blocks away from Ground Zero, the same distance as the proposed Islamic Cultural Center, according to the News.
The paper also counted 10 churches, three synagogues, a Buddhist community center, a Hare Krishna gathering place and a Muslim prayer center.