Amy Zimmer

News Editor @the_zim azimmer@dnainfo.com

Amy Zimmer is a news editor who oversees NYC Kids coverage for DNAinfo.com New York. She has also covered the Upper East Side and Murray Hill/Gramercy neighborhoods for the site. 

Amy joins DNAinfo after six years reporting on everything from economic development and the environment to culture and crime for Metro. She broke news on the demise of CBGB, Coney Island redevelopment, and on the alarming trend of young women fainting on subways for lack of a good breakfast.

Amy is a born and bred New Yorker with deep roots on the Lower East Side. Her essay about her family’s former store on Orchard Street, H. Eckstein’s & Sons, appeared in The Suburbanization of New York: Is the World’s Greatest City Becoming Just Another Town (Princeton Architectural, 2007). Amy herself was featured in a 2004 New York Times story about the ever-evolving neighborhood, entitled “Trendiness Among the Tenements,” in which she represented “trendiness.”

Her work has also appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, City Limits and on Public Radio International’s “Pacific Time.” A piece she wrote for the Brooklyn Rail won a 2004 Independent Press Association award and was anthologized in Pieces of a Decade: Brooklyn Rail Nonfiction 2000 – 2010 (Black Square Editions/Brooklyn Rail, 2010).

Amy received her Bachelor’s degree in anthropology from Yale University, where she won the Sapir Prize for her senior essay on New York graffiti writers. She has a Master’s degree in journalism from New York University.

Fun Fact:Remember Miss Subways? Amy has been working with artist Fiona Gardner on tracking down former winners of the beauty contest that ran from 1941 – 1976. Her oral histories and Gardner’s photographs will be featured in an exhibition at the New York Transit Museum in 2012.


 
Bay Ridge & Bensonhurst »

April 17, 2014

Is Bay Ridge Poised to Become the New Williamsburg?

As Williamsburg home prices skyrocket, Bay Ridge may be picking up some of the overflow.

Flushing & Whitestone »

April 14, 2014

Bilingual Kids See Gifted Scores Drop After Test Changes, Parents Say

Changes to the gifted and talented exam put children of immigrants at a disadvantage, experts said.

Downtown »

April 9, 2014

State Test Scores No Longer Sole Basis for School Promotion, DOE Says

Teachers and principals will use student grades and work to decide who passes summer school.

Crown Heights & Prospect Heights »

April 9, 2014

Who's Buying Brooklyn Real Estate? People Earning More Than $300K

The high-income home buyers in Brooklyn more than tripled in just the first quarter of 2014.

East Village & Lower East Side »

April 9, 2014

10 Tips on How to Find Your First New York Apartment

Apartment seekers should come armed with plenty of paperwork, experts said.

Downtown »

April 8, 2014

Dozens of Schools Set to Protest Controversial State English Exam

From TriBeCa to the UES, 31 schools are planning protests Friday against the state English exams.

South Jamaica, Springfield Gardens & Rosedale »

April 7, 2014

Top 10 Nitty-Gritty Networking Tips for Graduates

Experts advise internship seekers to get professional and map out their networks.

Downtown »

April 4, 2014

Gifted and Talented Scores Drop as Admissions Test Changes, DOE Says

Just 13 percent of 4-year-olds qualified for citywide G&T seats, down from 21 percent last year.