Under Cover

N.Y.C.L.U. releases mosque ad

N.Y.C. buses and subways will be carrying a new ad endorsing religious liberty, co-created by the American Civil Liberties Union and the New York Civil Liberties Union.

The ad asks, “Would there even be a controversy if this weren’t a mosque?” and declares, “In America, religious freedom knows no boundaries.” It contains three images of the proposed Park51 community center with a Latin cross, a Star of David, and an Islamic crescent and star.

“We hope these ads will remind people, as they are going about their daily lives, that freedom of religion is a core American value that needs to be fiercely defended, especially in times of controversy,” said Anthony D. Romero, executive director of the A.C.L.U. “Even in the wake of the horrendous events of 9/11, we must remember that discrimination only chips away at the very values we are striving to defend.”

West Thames Park Tire Swing will go back up

The state D.O.T. is resurrecting the controversial tire swing, AGAIN. The decision follows two months of back-and-forth with Community Board 1’s Battery Park City Committee.

The B.P.C. Committee created a special task force to evaluate the safety of the swing, after several reported incidents of children banging their heads on the swing’s supporting wooden beam.

They recommended that the D.O.T. add signage and padding to the structure, neither which the D.O.T. agreed with.

“The padding can actually make the warrantee null and void,” Weiss said. That’s what they’re worried about?

Pan Café shuts down

In its sixth year, Pan Latin Café at 400 Chambers St. will close for good at 9:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 15. The café’s chef and owner, Sandy Kraehling, reportedly gave no reason for the closing.

9/11 Memorial and Museum is app king

At Monday’s C.B.1 W.T.C. Redevelopment Committee meeting, 9/11 Memorial and Museum President Joe Daniels revealed the group’s latest accomplishment.

Daniels said he was notified that the new 9/11 app is the number one best-selling educational app in the iTunes store. Watch out, FourSquare!