There is also Pussycat Lounge, a strip joint two blocks from Ground Zero, and the Thunder Lingerie and Peep Show. Also, "17 pizza shops, 18 bank branches, 11 bars, 10 shoe stores and 17 separate salons, offering what's euphemistically called "bikini waxing.' "
As one commentator has noted "The crowded streets around the World Trade Center site feel deeply ordinary: Commuters pour in and out of the subway stations; shoppers pour in and out of Century 21, the popular discount department store; tourists pour in and out of the Millennium Hilton".".
It is not as though the Muslims were proposing to put up a brothel or a strip-club or a gambling joint!
As for the proximity of the Center to Ground Zero, the problem is to determine the boundaries of hallowed ground.