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Essex Crossing traffic problems, Tin Pan Alley landmarks, & more

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A plan to fix the traffic chaos near the $1.9 billion Essex Crossing development in the Lower East Side could take two years to enact (Gothamist)

Five Italianate buildings in Tin Pan Alley, have been landmarked for their connection to the birth of popular music and their place in African-American history (Curbed NY)

The city has secured $6.5 million to turn a former FDNY firehouse in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn, into a non-profit music school (Brooklyn Paper)

Experts weigh in with reflections on real estate, architecture, and transit developments of 2019 (Curbed NY)

Amid a growing movement to make cities less congested, car-free streets will soon be the norm (City Lab)

Residents in Greenpoint debate whether their local axe-throwing venue should serve alcohol (Brooklyn Eagle)