Sure, palatial homes have their perks, but here in Brooklyn there’s at least one clear upside to downsizing: the price tag. The smaller the square footage, the smaller the fee (well, usually). But it’s all relative.

Plus, there’s something liberating about paring down to the essentials. Do any of these five fabulously wee units have you dreaming of big living in a small space?


Commercial broker Chris Havens, left, interviews commercial developer Albert Laboz

Resistance to high rents in Bushwick and the dramatic impact of the end of the 421-a tax break were two hot topics industry insiders were talking about at the Brooklyn Real Estate Roundtable at the Brooklyn Historical Society Tuesday afternoon.

Brownstoner checked it out and mingled with developers, brokers, bankers, and architects, who gathered — as they do every quarter — to discuss the industry’s most pressing issues and hear movers and shakers talk about their projects.

Click through for Brownstoner’s favorite quotes, notable trends, and development updates.