Janet Babin

Economic Development Reporter, WNYC News

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:

Climate Activists Want Stronger Commitment From de Blasio

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Ahead of the Paris summit, a coalition of activists want New York City to strengthen its commitment to renewable energy.

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Dumbo Developer Proposes Schools in New Apartment Buildings

Friday, November 13, 2015

Two Trees principal Jed Walentas says New York City developers should donate the lower floors of all new high rises to the city in exchange for building higher.

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How Do You Get to the End of the 2nd Avenue Subway?

Monday, October 26, 2015

The latest deal on MTA funding won't even finish the line's second phase — let alone the third and the fourth. Which means the hunt for more money is on. 

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Cash Alone Can't Fix What Ails Crowded LaGuardia

Monday, October 19, 2015

Instead of building our way to a better flying experience, analysts suggest the nation should look to technological solutions.

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When You See 'Trump' On A Building, It Might Not Be What You Think

Monday, August 31, 2015

Plenty of buildings still boast Donald Trump's name in Manhattan, where he became famous as a real estate developer. But he doesn't actually own most of them — and never has.


What We Learned This Week About Donald Trump

Saturday, August 29, 2015

In a week's worth of stories on Donald Trump, we tried to avoid the circus and, instead, tell you about the GOP presidential candidate and his ties to New York City.   


Trump: the Mogul, the Brand, and Fred's Son

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

WNYC's Janet Babin and Stephen Nessen look at Donald Trump: the real estate mogul, the brand, and the son of Fred Trump.

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What it Means to Put ‘Trump’ on the Front of a Building

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

The Trump name stares down from 17 New York City buildings. But how many of those buildings does he own?

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How New York City Tenants Lost Their Political Clout

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

For decades, landlords have been able to remove rent-stabilized apartments from regulations when the rent hits a certain threshold. Here's how that affects tenants' voting power.

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The Luxury Tower, The Tax Break And Some Expensive Affordable Housing

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

A new report finds the city could have built more than five times as many affordable apartments in the Bronx if it had given the money to the affordable housing developer.

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De Blasio Celebrates Record-Breaking Year for Affordable Housing

Monday, July 13, 2015

But the administration fell just short when it comes to how affordable the apartments are for very poor families.


What Stricter Federal Housing Rules Will Mean for NYC

Thursday, July 09, 2015

New federal requirements will force the city to more aggressively report racial bias and get community buy-in on fostering integration.


How NYC Can Reduce Emissions 80% by 2050

Wednesday, July 08, 2015

Mayor Bill de Blaiso is aiming to reduce emissions 80 percent by 2050. But a working group's new plan may threaten affordable housing.


For Profit Schools Respond to New Rules from Feds

Monday, July 06, 2015

The Obama Administration's new rules target for profit colleges whose students are burdened with too much debt.


Brooklyn Bridge Park Unveils Plans for Two Residential Buildings

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

One will be mostly affordable housing.  


East Midtown Rezoning Plan Moves Forward

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

The latest proposal would allow landmarked properties to make money off the unused space above them in exchange for more and denser commercial buildings in the area.

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Are Rent Laws Worth It?

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Rent regulations are expected to be renewed, but what would happen if they weren't?

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Landlords Call Political Rhetoric Against Them a Cheap Shot

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

With rent laws expired, politicians are warning landlords against exploiting tenants. But buidling owners say lawmakers are stereotyping.

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The Albany Countdown

Monday, June 15, 2015

Albany's legislative session ends Wednesday, but rent laws and 421a expire today. A roundtable of reporters discusses what's still to come from Albany.

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Expiring Housing Laws Make for Odd Bedfellows

Thursday, June 11, 2015

The real estate lobby joins with affordable housing activists and the NAACP to fight for languishing rent stabilization and tax abatement laws in Albany.