They must really be the chosen people!
A proposed synagogue similar in size and location to a controversial mosque in Sheepshead Bay has not provoked the same outrage from residents — even though it would require a zoning change to get built.
The Quentin Road Synagogue Corporation wants a variance from the city to build a three-story Orthodox shul on E. Second Street between Quentin Road and Avenue P, a block that’s lined with single family homes.
The synagogue would reach 52 feet in height — 17 feet higher than zoning currently allows. The plan will go before Community Board 15 on Feb. 22, but no one has complained about the potentially bustling cultural center since it was announced on Feb. 4, according to CB15 Chairwoman Theresa Scavo.
“We haven’t received any letters either for or against the project,” Scavo said.
That’s not the situation over on Voorhies Avenue between E. 28th and E. 29th streets in Sheepshead Bay, where a firestorm of protest greeted plans to build a mosque on a residential street. That project can proceed without a zoning change, but neighbors have held repeated protests claiming that the mosque would create traffic — and attract terrorists.
Most recently, the city halted construction of the building after constant objection by the project’s main opponent, Bay People, which was created to stop the construction of the house of worship.
The group protested at the site earlier this month and held several protests last year, at which they held anti-Muslim signs and spewed Islamaphobic rhetoric.
Such complaints and protests have been non-existent for the new plan.
That said, the Jewish congregation claims its new building won’t bring more cars to the area during weekend services because its worshippers do not drive to shul, in accordance with religious law. And its zoning variance application insists that the new shul “will not affect the character of the neighborhood.”
A neighbor agreed.
“I have absolutely no problem with it,” said the woman, who declined to give her name.
The Quentin Road Synagogue Corporation already operates a house of prayer on E. Third Street, around the corner from the proposed site. However, the building has become a tight-squeeze for the 200-family congregation, so operators want to construct a larger building, according to their zoning application.
The new building would have more amenities than the E. Third Street shul, including an elevator and a dining room. The would-be builders did not return multiple requests for comment regarding the new synagogue.