More on St. Nicholas Church at Ground Zero


Inquiring minds are looking towards the Ground Zero Games that NY Mayor Bloomberg & Co. are playing…and playing rather poorly, too.

Earlier, we noted what was happening in Double standard at Ground Zero – Mosque, yes…Church, no and Landmark Church Disallowed but Fed Funds Given to Ground Zero Mosque!

The more that comes out about the snubbing of St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church, the worse City Hall looks:

The St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church that was destroyed on 9/11, may sue the New York Port Authority for the right to rebuild their house of worship, a church spokesman said Friday.

Negotiations over how and where to rebuild the Cedar Street Church stalled nearly two years ago, and the two sides have not spoken since.

Meanwhile, the Port Authority has commandeered the Church’s land to build an underground parking garage and loading dock for the World Trade Center.

“The site of St. Nicholas, which is the property of the church, has been used by the Port Authority for over a year, and we never authorized them to do that,” said Mark Arey, spokesman for the church. “The Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America has looked at legal [action] very seriously.”

Then City Hall got caught in a web of lies.

Before these negotiations broke off, the Port Authority offered to exchange the original site for a larger plot of land farther east plus $20 million dollars to rebuild the Church. However, the Archdiocese was worried about the timing of the money transfers.

Concerned that the underground garage would fall behind schedule, the Port Authority broke off talks with the Church in early 2009 and moved ahead with construction.

Port Authority Executive Director Chris Ward said two months ago that he planned to restart negotiations with the Church soon. A Port Authority spokesman said Friday that the agency recently sent a letter to the Church.

But Arey said none of the Church’s leaders or at the Archdiocese had received a letter.
“I don’t know where they sent it,” Arey said. “There has been absolute silence.”

The Port Authority declined to provide a copy of the letter to DNAinfo.

“We have had contact with them, and we are confident that we can reach an agreement,” said Steve Coleman, a Port spokesman.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg and other city officials have expressed support for the Church in the past. On Tuesday, City Councilman Peter Vallone, who represents Astoria, introduced a resolution urging the Port Authority to meet with the Church.

The resolution was referred to the Council’s Committee on Lower Manhattan Redevelopment. However Councilwoman Margaret Chin, the committee chairwoman, has not taken a position on it or scheduled a hearing date, a spokesman said.

It is very interesting to see how Mayor Bloomberg and his minions treat the people behind St. Nicholas as opposed to the muslims building the mosque. One would almost think that the Mayor fears the muslims.

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