Perhaps the righties got tired of their own bigoted b.s.? Controversial Islamic Cultural Center Opens - WNYC Culture There was no sign of protest at the Park51 community center last night. It opened its doors to the public in lower Manhattan Wednesday, without the opposition that had surrounded the project for a year. The center was crowded for most of the evening â€” with visitors who said they came to see the new photography exhibition and others who were interested in the place itself. Brooklyn's Jean Stevens said she's not surprised the event went off without a hitch. "It seems like there's not much of huge response to this reception or to the mosque anymore, and so I wonder whether if people have forgotten it now that its not such a hot topic." At the space, which was still raw looking, visitors mixed, while viewing the exhibit on New Yorkâ€™s children, and listening to tunes played by the New York Arab orchestra. But unlike most art events, they didnâ€™t swill wine to stay in accord with Muslim practices. The only remnants of the controversy that has surrounded the project was a police officer and patrol car stationed outside the large glass windows on Park Place.