YONKERS, N.Y. – A Muslim group in suburban New York says a decision to give landmark status to a house it had planned to use as a mosque is less about historical preservation and more about putting up barriers to their plans.
The Islamic Community Center of Mid-Westchester bought the home in Yonkers early last year. A neighborhood group filed an application months later to have the building landmarked. The group got the final greenlight from city officials late last month.
Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano insisted the landmark status wouldn't prevent the home from being used as a mosque.
Muslims around the country say they have faced all kinds of zoning and other obstacles, stemming from anti-Muslim feeling, as they've tried to build or expand mosques.