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  • Arab-Americans accuse 9/11 Memorial Museum of discrimination

    09/17/2013 11:32:29 AM PDT · by TFine80 · 58 replies
    Bizpac Review ^ | September 16, 2013 | Cheryl Carpenter Klimek
    Tourists visiting the 9/11 Memorial Museum in New York City can read its brochures in 10 different languages – but Arabic is not one of them. Nor will it be any time soon. “Nine languages are spoken by over 97 percent of our visitors: English, Spanish, German, French, Portuguese, Mandarin, Italian, Japanese and Russian,” a representative from the memorial told the New York Post. The American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee, claiming Arabic is the world’s fourth-most-spoken language, is sending letters to memorial coordinators demanding answers on why the language is not included. But it appears that the Arabic community is looking for...
  • U.S. scholars seek mention of lost 'Little Syria' in 9/11 museum

    09/09/2013 6:50:11 PM PDT · by TFine80 · 4 replies
    Reuters ^ | September 9, 2013 | Victoria Cavaliere
    Before construction began on the World Trade Center in the 1960s, a vibrant Arab-American community lived and worked in the shadow of what would become the Twin Towers, the two New York skyscrapers destroyed in the 9/11 attacks. As Wednesday's 12th anniversary of the attacks draws near, local historians are asking the September 11 Memorial Museum to include a reference to the neighborhood, known for more than 50 years as "Little Syria," in its permanent exhibit.
  • Battle of "Little Syria": Activists fight city to save last two buildings in ‘Little Syria’

    06/24/2012 8:13:18 AM PDT · by TFine80 · 3 replies
    New York Post ^ | June 24, 2012 | KATE BRIQUELET
    Little Syria is facing a big problem. Activists are rallying to save the last vestiges of America’s first Arab-American neighborhood before it’s too late — but the city doesn’t think the buildings are worth it. “Most people don’t realize that the center of Arab life was in the shadow of the World Trade Center,” said Todd Fine, an organizer with Save Washington Street, a campaign to preserve the surviving two buildings of New York’s once bustling Syrian quarter. “The fact that it’s near Ground Zero makes it trickier to talk about,” he said. “Yet this should have been protected wherever...
  • New York Times: Little Syria (Now Tiny Syria) Finds New Advocates [Arab History in Lower Manhattan]

    01/01/2012 9:59:36 AM PST · by TFine80 · 4 replies
    The New York Times ^ | January 1, 2012 | David W. Dunlap
    In 1891, Yusuf Sadallah arrived in Lower Manhattan from the town of Baskinta, in the part of the Ottoman Empire that is now Lebanon. Going by the name of Joseph Sadallah, he set up a trading shop on Washington Street, where other immigrants from the Levant — Syrians, Lebanese and Palestinians — had created a vibrant Arab quarter known as Little Syria. Most residents were Christian, their loyalties divided only between St. George’s Syrian Catholic Church at 103 Washington Street and St. Joseph’s Maronite Church at 57 Washington Street, later at 157 Cedar Street.