Therefore, it's not surprising at all that when plans became known to erect an Islamic community center 300 yards from the Ground Zero memorial, it felt like a slap in the face to New York.
While the constitutional right exists to build the mosque in that location, many think that it is inappropriate.
A recent poll said that 67% of people thought that the mosque should be moved to a different location. In addition, one out of five New Yorkers polled admitted to having animosity against Muslims.
A recent mosque fire in Tennessee goes to show that the tensions are building and people are starting to act out.
What is going to happen to the Ground Zero mosque? Should it be moved, or should the group stand their ground?