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Don't rest your soles here!

The city must remove 11 names revered by Muslims that are etched on downtown sidewalks — because it's an insult that people are trampling on them, critics are demanding.

"It is a hate crime and must be prosecuted," Alina Nisar wrote on an online petition calling for the removal of the name Mohammad from the 200 names in black granite along Broadway from Battery Park to City Hall, installed in 2003 to honor every ticker tape parade to travel down the corridor.

To many Muslims, trampling over sacred names — such as the religion's prophet Muhammad — is an insult.


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