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Synagogue Saved? Not So Fast

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Kushner Companies, the developer attached to the controversial deal to demolish the historic synagogue at 415 East Sixth Street in the East Village and build an apartment building/replacement temple on the property, has apparently backed out, The Villager reports: "Howard J. Rubenstein, the public relations guru, representing the designated developer, issued an e-mail statement: 'As of now Kushner Companies is no longer affiliated with this project. They are assessing all options.' Preservation advocates, however, still fear the synagogue could be demolished at any time. They pointed out that a contractor had applied to the Department of Buildings on June 18 for a full demolition permit. Although the permit has not been approved, advocates say it justifies their anxiety about the fate of the synagogue." [Villager]