Jeez, yes. Obviously.
It isn’t even “a Mosque” so much as it is a community center. It’s a Mosque the way a YMCA is a Cathedral. It’s a place designed for public use to promote peaceful understanding between diverse religious and non-religious groups. I’d say that’s a reasonably useful thing to have in a city as cosmopolitan as NYC.
And it’s 2 blocks away, anyways. In NYC that’s like a billion miles. There are strip clubs closer to Ground Zero, which I assume don’t desecrate the site.
And even if it were closer, I wouldn’t be comfortable changing the law to “Muslims not allowed to build structures related to their heritage and/or customs near (defined as ‘whatever distance we feel like’) sensitive sites”. It’d be making a second-class citizenry for no practical reason. No other group in the US is currently restricted in that manner, for good reason.
This is one of the silliest nontroveries I’ve seen in a while.
I mean really, you should be ashamed of yourself for asking.