NEW YORK (AP) — The property owners who want to build an Islamic cultural center and mosque two blocks from ground zero are suing previous occupant Burlington Coat Factory for removing a sign from the building as it became the focus of a national debate.

The lawsuit filed Friday in Manhattan Supreme Court claims the May 2010 removal of the 161-square-foot sign bearing the Burlington name from the side of the building was illegal.

The papers claim Burlington ordered the sign removed from the building it no longer leased partly because of the company’s displeasure with the media spotlight turned on the building.

The lawsuit also names several sign companies and seeks more than $7 million in compensation for lost advertising income and damages because zoning laws forbid replacing the sign.

None of the defendants responded to calls seeking comment.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

Comments (47)
  1. Devenio says:

    While the lawsuit has no merit, the talk against Islam here goes to show the fear and hatred you people have for something you know nothing about.

    1. Kris says:

      Fear, hatred, AND ignorance? Must be Faux News watchers.

  2. Rick H says:


  3. Diane Marche says:

    Everybody calm down! The sign will be going back up. Just as soon as the painting of mohammed riding a goat is finished.

  4. Da Persian says:

    I hait al these talk abut that amiraca hate islam. We ar many intelajent then you!

    1. Rodin says:

      I have no doubt that a lot of you are but why can’t you write proper English? I know trailer trash that write better than you.

      1. Devenio says:

        She is trailer trash.

  5. Mohammed says:

    Good for the Muslims ! BCF can’t just do whatever they want and take down a sign. Let me guess, who previously owned that? Hmmm. Prob someone belonging to the 51st state of America.

  6. Who's afraid of a Big Bad Burka? says:

    BCF would have left the sign for the Muslim brotherhood if only they were willing to change it to BURKA COAT FACTORY.

  7. Not ashamed to be an American says:

    The real answer here is, we should bring back internment camps!
    Be they (muslims) good, bad or indifferent. They (muslims) will have all the freedoms they want, and most likely free schooling, food, medical and scocial security benifits, they can practice any sharia law they want within these camps,
    It worked for ww2 and it will work for us now, we were safe then. we are not safe now!
    we can give them an apology fifty yeasrs from now and make it all better.

    1. Da Persian says:

      Your as stupid as lump of you know what

      1. Not ashamed to be an American says:

        Obviously you are a liberal terorist sympathizer, you would be the first tennant of such a camp! : )

      2. Devil Whitey says:

        Hey! Didn’t I just drop you off at the pool? Toilet must be broken.

    2. Devenio says:

      @Not ashamed to be an American: Should that read “Not afraid to be a Nazi”?

  8. Trishe says:

    GREED, they are greedy period. Has the government checked where they got the money to purchase the building??

    1. Devenio says:

      Did you check who financed the Holocaust? Thats a good one…

  9. L. Berger says:

    Muslims are some of the most belligerent, intolerant and bigoted of races in human history. These stone age fascists do not belong here.

    1. Da Persian says:

      With a name like Berger no wonder you feel like that

      1. Herbie Original Situation Raskin says:

        …and Da Persian, speaking of names… what church do you belong to? yea, I thought so!!!!!!

    2. Devenio says:

      @ L. Berger. First, Muslim is not a race. Its a term used for the adherents of Islam. Muslims come from all races. Black, white, Asian, etc… Second, I would thing that your comment would make you and your kind “he most belligerent, intolerant and bigoted of races in human history.”

  10. Bonnie Brumbalough Carlson says:

    They want the world? Well then, let them take it up with Jehovah God who owns all the world and see if He willl give it to them – I think not???? They think they’re having their day in the sun, using our freedoms to ursup their sataic cause but it’s eventually going to come crumbling down.

  11. Paul says:

    who is paying them advertising income? I am confused. not BCF obviously so what are they talking about?

    1. Ross says:

      I suspect that they expected that when they occupied the building they would also get a billboard which could bear other advertising (not BCF’s), but BCF took that down (along with its own advertising), and zoning laws, while permitting a grandfathered billboard, won’t let them put it back. That seems like the only situation that would come close to justifying a suit.

  12. Wake up USA says:

    Wake up USA. These people are evil satin worsipers

    1. michelef says:

      What’s wrong with satin? It’s a nice smooth fabric, great for sheets. If you’re going to complain about something, at least get the name right!

      1. Da Persian says:


      2. SmartassVA says:

        You’re dealing with NY’ers, folks. Get off the Muslims case and go fight for better education!

    2. Devenio says:

      Wake up USA: I wish you peace.

  13. Smokein' J says:

    This is all our fault anyway!!!!! We allowed this to happen. We allowed liberalism to poison our country. There was a time when we wouldn’t even have to think about something like this. It would have been shut down with no questions asked.

    1. Smoke You J says:

      Yes and there was a time when idiots like you would be shut up permanently. You should be shut down with no questions asked.

    2. Devenio says:

      Have you forgotten you live in America? Land of the free how of the Brave? I think you’re talking about China.

      American – Land of the enslaved, home of the wimps. Scared little rabbits come to slaughter.

  14. linda says:

    The mosque can be built anywhere, why are the insisting it has to be near ground zero? Just to prove they can do it and to F#*K the United States. Yes, they are insane, unrelenting and absolutely indifferent to other people’s state of mind or feelilngs.

    1. yomster says:

      Your bigotry stinks.. You cannot wish them away. They have every right to build wherever they can afford to buy. They have the money and you don’t.

      1. Fred says:

        Than why are suing over a sign from a comany that NO LONGER occupies the space??????? Because it was a GOOD distraction!!!!

    2. Devenio says:

      Tell me linda – is the strip club around the corner ” insane, unrelenting and absolutely indifferent to other people‚Äôs state of mind or feelilngs.”?

  15. Dr, John says:

    we are their enemy. when will that fact get through ? they are using our freedoms as weapons against us. when will that fact get through ? WAKE UP !!!!!

    1. Devenio says:

      Dr. John, run the sky is falling. How does one use ones freedom against them? It was your own government that took your freedoms away, not any group. The globalist took your country – the United States is no longer a country – thank Bush Jr. for that,. Wake up before you wale up and have black suited Jack booted world solider knocking down your door.

  16. Gorilla says:

    Give these people an inch, they take the whole world. This is the mission for these people to have world dominion. America wake up – look what has happened to England/France!!!!!

    1. Devenio says:

      @Gorilla: What happened to England/France? They still seem to be operating as they always did. The ignorance of you people is astounding! Your fear will be your downfall.

  17. RItaxpayer says:

    This is how they show compassion and prove all they want is acceptance? Besides, who are they kidding. All they have to do is go to city hall and say, “YOU’RE DISCRIMINATING AGAINST ME BECAUSE I’M A MUSLIM!” and they’ll get a zoning variance in a flash.

    Even so, it’s a brilliant move by BCF.

  18. Garland Campbell says:

    Burlington Coat Factory has exclusive rights to its name and have every right to remove it from the building, especially since its presence there was being appropriated and used in a way displeasing to BCF!!!

  19. Noel Tate says:

    It was Burlington’s sign and Burlington’s name. They should have the right to remove it if they want. More insanity from “peaceful, moderate” muslims.

  20. Daystar says:

    Signs and wonders strike again! “For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall show signs and wonders…”-Mathew 24:24

  21. Daniel P says:

    These peope are insane.

    1. Stephen A. Fishler says:

      The most ridiculous lawsuit I have heard of in some time.

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