Janet Babin is a reporter at WNYC covering economic development.
Before joining WNYC, she was a reporter for American Public Media's Marketplace. Janet has also worked as a producer and guest host on APM's The Story. She's reported on many stories for various NPR programs. Janet was a Gerald Loeb Awards finalist for her reporting on merchant power plants
Her business reporting at WNYC earned Janet a Front Page award for specialized reporting from the Newswomen's Club of New York.
Janet Babin appears in the following:
Thursday, July 24, 2014
The de Blasio administration says it cannot stop a building on the West Side from constructing separate entrances and amenities for residents of different incomes. It vows to change zoning regulations, but is that actually possible? WNYC economic development reporter Janet Babin discusses the controversy.
Wednesday, July 23, 2014
Areas of Brooklyn that could be prime housing are zoned for industrial use. The city needs more housing, so it could rezone. But the mayor also has aspirations for a resurgent industrial sector.
Tuesday, July 22, 2014
Housing advocates say a developer took advantage of a loophole when it created a separate entrance for renters in the affordable units of a new building.
Monday, June 30, 2014
Mayor Bill de Blasio may be focused on his goal to create or preserve 200,000 units of affordable housing over the next decade.
But staff at the office of Housing Preservation and Development has been working feverishly to meet the former mayor's affordable housing promises.
Mayor Mike Bloomberg's New ...
Thursday, June 19, 2014
What good is affordable housing without good jobs too? Not good at all, say advocates.
Wednesday, June 18, 2014
Cuomo says the government shouldn't create a pathway for marijuana.
Monday, June 16, 2014
What creates more affordable housing? No rent increase or a greater increase in rent?
Friday, June 13, 2014
A check-in on some notable developments and the state of affordable housing for many New Yorkers. City Councilman Brad Lander (D-39), discusses the threatened closing of Prospect Park Residence, an assisted-living facility for seniors, as well as other council items.
Then, WNYC development reporter Janet Babin discusses a proposed big new big building that may cast shadows across Prospect Park; the rally to save cheap housing at Stuy Town; and how the de Blasio affordable housing push is starting to shake out.
Friday, June 13, 2014
City officials work to ensure that 6,000 apartments stay "affordable."
Tuesday, June 10, 2014
A fight in the Prospect Lefferts neighborhood over a new 23-story apartment building hints at the tension between the push for more high-rises offering more affordable housing units, and a community’s desire for low density, smaller buildings.
Friday, May 30, 2014
Under a proposed new zoning procedure, buildings along a stretch of Vanderbilt across from Grand Central Terminal could be taller than the Chrysler Building.
Friday, May 23, 2014
The first summer after Sandy was tough for many beach towns. As the second begins, the recovery in many places is just getting underway.
Monday, May 05, 2014
Mayor Bill de Blasio has unveiled an ambitious plan that pledges $41.1-billion in funding to create or preserve more affordable housing.
"The plan...is going to have a far-reaching impact on the people of this city. It’s going to reach every neighborhood, every borough — 200,000 units over 10 years," ...
Monday, May 05, 2014
After a delay last week, the mayor was expected to detail his plan to create 200,000 units in 10 years on Monday.
Tuesday, April 29, 2014
Spoiler Alert: Community groups might not like the plan's zoning changes.
Wednesday, April 23, 2014
New York City's Comptroller Scott Stringer has released a report highlighting the numerous challenges Mayor Bill de Blasio faces as his administration develops an affordable housing strategy expected to be released by May 1.
“Despite multi-billion dollar initiatives to expand the affordable housing stock in New York City, apartments have ...
Thursday, April 17, 2014
A new electric carriage that would replace the horse-drawn one carries eight passengers and has a top speed of 30 mph.
Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Gov. Cuomo announced funding for affordable housing but WNYC has learned it largely comes from dwindling sources.
Tuesday, April 15, 2014
Tenants in the Homewood Gardens Estates in the Prospect-Lefferts Garden neighborhood have filed a lawsuit against their landlord, alleging he is trying to evict them to bring in white renters.
Monday, April 14, 2014
Macy's spectacle returns to the East River after five years on the Hudson.