In lower Manhattan, sections of a Broadway sidewalk feature names of former world leaders who paraded in New York City during the 20th century. There’re 11 Muslim names etched into downtown sidewalks, and all names were put there for good reasons. The names were very nicely placed onto the sidewalks in 2003, but Muslims now noticed it and act offended, when in reality, there’s nothing to even cry about.
Critics are now demanding that the city remove the 11 names revered by Muslims on the downtown sidewalk, claiming that it is an insult for people to trample on them.
It is a hate crime and must be prosecuted,” Alina Nisar wrote on an online petition calling for the removal of the name Mohammad from the 200 names in black granite along Broadway from Battery Park to City Hall, installed in 2003 to honor every ticker tape parade to travel down the corridor.
But the engraving — located on Broadway between Rector Street and Exchange Place — isn’t for the prophet at all, it’s for Mohammad Reza Pahlevi, the former Shah of Iran who was a close ally to Uncle Sam.
Pahlevi’s name was installed to commemorate a City Hall reception and parade for the ruler on Nov. 21, 1949, as part of the Big Apple’s “Canyon of Heroes.”
“It was with the utmost respect…that we placed granite markers…to more permanently commemorate them,” said Jessica Lappin, President of the Alliance for Downtown New York.
It’s unclear why there is a movement afoot now — as opposed to 14 years ago — to remove that name, and 10 others.