The Day | Sixth Street Synagogue Gets Preservation Grant

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Good morning, East Village.

The East Village-Lower East Side historic district has yet to be approved, but moves to preserve the neighborhood’s religious institutions are already underway. The Sixth Street Community Synagogue won $25,000 from the New York Landmarks Conservancy that will go towards repairs of its roof and facade, The Jewish Week reports. Other local religious institutions have been the most vocal opponents of the proposed historic district.

Speaking of preservation, Off The Grid has a helpful primer for anyone interested in following the status of properties that must receive consideration by the Landmarks Preservation Commission.

The chef behind Empellon Cocina, Alex Stupak, dared to drink a juice-only diet from Liquiteria for several days for Grub Street. Mr. Stupak, who loves his caffeine and unbalanced diet, endured some gastrointestinal angst, but ended up enjoying the experience. “I woke up feeling extremely rested after only four hours of sleep. I mean, extremely rested. Like more rested than I’ve felt in a long time,” he wrote on the third day of his diet.

The Wall Street Journal reports that the gin and tonic taps at Gin Palace are once again flowing following some issues with the State Liquor Authority.

Eater scored a sketch of the new bar in Porsena, which is expected to open in the fall.

Dave Arnold, an owner of Booker & Dax, has signed up to be a judge on a new reality special, “Time Machine Chefs,” The Daily News reports. The show airs tonight.

DNAInfo has a report from St. Mary’s Church in the Lower East Side, where scores of undocumented immigrants lined up for a new work permit program that defers deportation of young people brought to the country illegally.

EV Grieve shares the story of how one block has adopted a tree well on 14th Street.

And lastly, a reminder: Tonight’s Films in Tompkins flick is “Poltergeist.” Show starts at sundown.