Janet Babin

Economic Development Reporter, WNYC News

Janet Babin appears in the following:

Comptroller Criticizes City Program to Rehab Affordable Housing

Friday, September 19, 2014

Audit finds seven landlords who received $19.8 million in loans to rehab affordable housing failed to make repairs after getting the money.  

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Real Estate Investing for the Rest of Us

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

A new fund offers the chance for more people to profit from New York City’s soaring real estate market. But you'll still need sizable savings to take part.

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Brooklyn Heights Library Will have Market-Rate Housing

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Library officials approved of a plan to sell the Brooklyn Heights Library branch to The Hudson Companies in a deal worth $61 million.


Continued Delays For Housing at Atlantic Yards

Wednesday, September 03, 2014

Construction firm Skanska and a Forest City Ratner affiliate sue one another over building a modular residential high-rise tower with affordable units next to the Barclays Center arena.

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De Blasio Administration Can't Close Poor Door

Friday, August 29, 2014

Until zoning or other laws change, the city could see more 'poor doors.'

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Ways to Lose Your Rent-Stabilized Apartment

Thursday, August 21, 2014

When tenants leave, their apartments can hit market rate. The mayor's challenge: keeping enough apartments rent stabilized to meet his affordable housing goals.

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New York Skyscraper's Separate 'Poor Door' Called A Disgrace

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

A developer got tax breaks for creating affordable units in its luxury high-rise, but those tenants will have to use a separate entrance. Officials vow to review zoning laws that allowed the design.

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How Many "Poor Doors" Will NYC Build?

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.  

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There Are Still Places in New York Where You Can’t Build Highrises

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.

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City Admits it Approved 'Poor Door'

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.

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New Affordable Housing Goal Waits While Old One Finishes Up

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 ...


Is this Town Big Enough for (Affordable) Housing AND Industry?

Thursday, June 19, 2014


What good is affordable housing without good jobs too? Not good at all, say advocates.


Cuomo Approves Bills to Combat Heroin, but not Medical Marijuana

Wednesday, June 18, 2014


Cuomo says the government shouldn't create a pathway for marijuana.

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Rent Guidelines Board Considers a First: A Zero Increase

Monday, June 16, 2014


What creates more affordable housing? No rent increase or a greater increase in rent?

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NYC Development: Going Up, Closing Down

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.

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Rally to Save Stuyvesant Town's Cheap Apts

Friday, June 13, 2014


City officials work to ensure that 6,000 apartments stay "affordable."

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Planned Prospect Park Tower Throws Shade on Park, Upsets Neighbors

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, ...

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New Zoning Rules Could Change Face of Grand Central Area

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.


Is the Jersey Shore Ready for Summer?

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.

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NYC Affordable Housing Plan Revealed

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 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," ...