Most listings are in the $50's per square foot per year. The Downtown Brooklyn region is going through a decline in rates. In the last 3 months, the median rate decreased $4 per sqft per year. That's a 7% decrease in rent.
Compared to the rest of the New York City market, the Downtown Brooklyn region has smaller rates, so you should have no trouble finding a great deal in this depreciated submarket.
In the last 90 days, 26 listings have been listed, which means leases most likley are leasing quickly. You'll want to be prepared to make an offer immediately. About 8% of the listings in the Downtown Brooklyn are subleases, so you will probably have to consider a longer term lease. There aren't many listings below 2,000 square feet available, so finding a space for a small business might be tough.
Even though the median size is 9,000 sqft, there are still 0 office spaces below 2,000 sqft. Most buildings in this region are around 5 stories. Most buildings in this region were built in 1950 and are Class A.
A large portion of this area is residential, but there's plenty of office_space. Health care is the dominant industry in this area. Commute by walking is the most popular way to get to work amongst Downtown Brooklyn folk. Commuting between 20 and 25 minutes a day is the norm for those who opt to reside in this part of town.