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It Happened One Weekend: Brooklyn Bargains, For Sale By Developer, More

1) A year ago, the suggestion of negotiating the price on a new Brooklyn condo would have got you laughed out of the borough. Now, especially in neigborhoods like Williamsburg and Greenwood Heights, developers are making concessions. Including at?wait for it?55 Berry! ['Brooklyn: A Bargain Hunter's Guide'/Christine Haughney

2) Up in East Harlem, they do things a little differently. Take Observatory Place (right), a new condo building on First Avenue and 104th Street that?for now, anyway?is being sold directly by the architects who designed and developed the place. So that's why it's hard to find info about it! Needless to say, like a mama bear protecting her cubs, brokers are on the attack. [Big Deal/Josh Barbanel]

3) It's time for everyone's favorite part of gentrification, when an old-timer mouths off about how much the 'hood has changed and runs through a list of old shopkeeps that have been replaced by trendy restaurants and hair salons. Today's topic: the Meatpacking District. [Habitats/Dan Shaw]

4) A relocating CB Richard Ellis analyst is forced to make the crucial decision that all n00b New York yuppies must make: Buy in the Upper East Side, or above Fat Baby on Rivington Street? The solution: split the difference and move near NYU. [The Hunt/Joyce Cohen]

5) When we went on a tour of the Riverhouse, everyone was in awe of the garbage disposals installed in the kitchens. Why? They cost $250 and they've been legal since 1997. [Posting/C.J. Hughes]