Talk about working against the very spirit of New York City. Just as concrete workers and carpenters ended their illegal three-day walkout at the World Trade Center because they claimed $37.50 an hour (nearly $80,000 a year) was not enough to make a living, the owner of the nearby Millennium Hilton has filed an $8 million lawsuit against Port Authority and Silverstein Properties because—waaaaah—the construction noise is loud.
Instead of letting the long-delayed building ever have a prayer of a chance of being completed, CDL LLC, which owns the 55-story, 569-room luxury hotel overlooking the WTC, claims hotel guests are fleeing because of construction racket.
According to the New York Daily News, the suit laments, "CDL understands and appreciates the importance of rebuilding the WTC site, thus it has never requested that the construction activities cease." But it is demanding noise-reduction measures that would make things easier on hotel guests—or rather, CDL's profit margins.
Ironically, the hotel's web site brags on its home page: "The Millenium Hilton is proud to be a part of the World Trade Center Rebuild. The New York Post also notes that its proximity to Ground Zero has long been part of the hotel's marketing plan—and that the Hilton is sold out solid for the 9/11 10-year anniversary weekend.
The Post interviewed a guest who works for Goldman Sachs that confirmed the noise is loud but expected—and tolerable, given the alternatives of a slower rebuild or no rebuild at all. "People who stay here just go with it," Jim Davis said. "Rebuilding the World Trade Center is worth the noise."
Meanwhile, in other shameful WTC news, a group of atheists has filed its own lawsuit to stop display of a cross—two intersecting steel beams that survived when the twin towers collapsed Sept. 11, 2001. It is seen as an iconic symbol to many.
Dave Silverman, president of the extremist atheist group, however, says that "the cross has become a Christian icon and presented as a reminder that their god, who couldn't be bothered to stop the Muslim terrorists or prevent 3,000 people from being killed in his name, cared only enough to bestow upon us some rubble that resembles a cross."
Huh??? Only in America... the land of the free and the home of the preposterously stupid.