According to an article in the January 14th Real Estate Weekly entitled "Lawyers Extend Helping Hand," "Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson [LLP] announced that they will be on hand to offer pro-bono legal representation for The Eldridge Street Project during the renovations of the Eldridge Street Synagogue, one of the oldest Jewish Synagogue[s] in Lower Manhattan. The Eldridge Street Project, a not-for-profit cultural organization, has undertaken a massive restoration of the Eldridge Street Synagogue and the creation of a multi-faceted heritage center on site. The synagogue, which was completed over 115 years ago and was once one of the busiest synagogues of the Lower East Side, closed the sanctuary in the 1950's due to dwindling membership....A local effort was initiated to rescue the building which, at the time, was on the verge of collapse due to neglect and water damage. The Eldridge Street Project was incorporated in 1986 to initiate and oversee the restoration. ...To date, almost $9 million has been raised towards the restoration....Jonathan L. Mechanic, chairman of Fried Frank's real estate department, said, 'We are delighted to offer our legal services to The Eldridge Street Project and honored that our reputation as a leader in New York real estate has provided us the opportunity to assist in redeveloping one of Manhattan['s] greatest historical landmarks.'"