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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:

What The City Council Can Do to Fix Controversial 421a Tax Benefit

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

WNYC
The City Council has some leeway and just might use it to amend the law so it helps more middle income families when it expires next month.

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So Much Steel and Glass, So Little Transparency

Monday, May 18, 2015

WNYC
Manhattan Community Board Five is calling for an immediate, temporary moratorium on buildings over 600 feet that are not undergoing public review.  

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City to Propose $1 Billion Neighborhood Development Fund

Monday, May 18, 2015

WNYC
The City hopes to stave off backlash against rezonings with $1 billion capital budget fund.

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Rezoning for Affordable Housing Could Have Opposite Effect

Friday, May 15, 2015

WNYC
Mayor de Blasio is planning to rezone East New York to allow for taller buildings and more density. That could put pressure on neighborhood schools, streets and subways.

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Mayor Unveils Changes to Developer Tax Cut, Calls for City Mansion Tax

Thursday, May 07, 2015

WNYC
Mayor's proposal would extend a controversial tax abatement, but demand more affordable apartments from developers.

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Real Estate Front and Center in Albany Session and Scandal

Wednesday, May 06, 2015

WNYC
With weeks left before Albany lawmakers consider two key real estate regulations, Mayor de Blasio calls for stronger protections for tenants, but is mum on tax abatement for developers.

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It's Not You: NYC Rents Rising Faster than Income

Tuesday, May 05, 2015

WNYC
Annual report from the NYU Furman Center confirms most New Yorkers rent, and the median cost of that space is rising faster than median income levels.

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Lower Fuel Prices Drove Down Cost to Landlords, Says City

Thursday, April 16, 2015

WNYC
The board that sets annual increases for roughly 1 million rent-stabilized apartments is out with its annual price index — and it's one of the lowest in 40 years.

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Get Your Gargoyle On at Tribeca Auction

Thursday, March 26, 2015

WNYC
Thousands of historical artifacts from buildings in New York and other cities are up for grabs as a Tribeca showroom has to move to make way for more condos.

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95% Property Tax Break Paid for by You, Enjoyed by Billionaires

Thursday, March 19, 2015

WNYC
The blue, steel residential tower on 57th street has given a property tax break a bad name.

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Neighbors Tire of Checkpoint Charlie in Chinatown

Thursday, March 05, 2015

WNYC
For 14 years, a four-block section of Park Row near Chinatown has been closed to traffic. Residents say it's time to open up.

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De Blasio Says Lack of Affordable Housing Threatens 'Very Soul' of NYC

Tuesday, February 03, 2015

WNYC
In his second State of the City address, the mayor proposed a plan for affordable housing that he said will take aim at the issue of inequality.

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Billionaire's Boondoggle or Essential Tax Credit? More Debate Over 421-A

Thursday, January 29, 2015

WNYC
Tenants rights rallied outside City Hall demanding an end to a controversial tax break for real estate developers. The City Council appears to agree.

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Assembly Speaker Silver's Departure Could End Up Raising Your Rent

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

WNYC
Sheldon Silver brokered a deal between housing advocates and real estate developers on a key bill up for re-approval. Without him, stakeholders have their claws out.

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Silver Helped Shape NYC Skyline

Monday, January 26, 2015

WNYC
As Speaker of the Assembly, Sheldon Silver ensured tax breaks for the real estate industry. Corruption charges against him could change the game  

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Most Controversial Part of Seaport Plan Won't Be Voted on by Community Board

Monday, January 26, 2015

WNYC
The most controversial part of the proposal won't be considered by the Board, because it's outside of the Seaport Historic District.

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Mayor Says Housing Goals on Track

Thursday, January 15, 2015

WNYC
Bill de Blasio said the city is on track to finance 200K affordable units within 10 years.

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More Subsidized Rentals Found in Less Desirable Neighborhoods

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

WNYC
If you're looking for an affordable rental in, you'll also probably live somewhere with higher violent crime and fewer jobs.

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My Mystery Landlord

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

WNYC
You know where to send your rent check, but who actually cashes it? In many cases, even New York City doesn’t know who owns your building. Here’s how that becomes a danger.

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New in New York Real Estate

Monday, January 12, 2015

NYC real estate has never been hotter.  Reporters Ilya Marritz and Janet Babin talk about the new WNYC series "Who’s Buying New York?".

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