Amy Zimmer

Real Estate and Education Reporter @the_zim azimmer@dnainfo.com

Amy Zimmer is a reporter who oversees real estate and education coverage for DNAinfo.com New York. Previously, she 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.

Crown Heights, Prospect Heights & Prospect-Lefferts Gardens »

July 30, 2015

MAP: See Where Homes Sold for Above Asking Price in Manhattan and Brooklyn

Half of Brooklyn neighborhoods saw sales prices that were at or above asking prices, StreetEasy found.

Sunset Park & Greenwood Heights »

July 29, 2015

De Blasio Not Doing Enough to Fix School Overcrowding, Critics Say

The city is changing its formula on calculating school overcrowding but not lowering target class sizes.

Upper East Side & Roosevelt Island »

July 28, 2015

These Boutique Businesses Help City Families Flee to the Suburbs

More city residents move to the 'burbs than vice versa and luxury firms are helping fuel the pipeline.

Fordham & Tremont »

July 27, 2015

Bronx High School Struggles To Overcome Record of Most Student Arrests

Dewitt Clinton High School in The Bronx had the most arrests of students in the city, data shows.

Upper West Side & Morningside Heights »

July 27, 2015

Board of Affordable Housing Co-Op Accused of Using Building as Piggy Bank

Board members of a co-op on West 106th are accused of "gross mismanagement."

Upper West Side & Morningside Heights »

July 22, 2015

Will New Rules for LLCs Change the Luxury Real Estate Landscape?

The city now requires shell company members to disclose their names. Will it change the luxury market?

Greenwich Village & SoHo »

July 21, 2015

Is Your Home Toxic? NYC Lab Works to Expose Unsafe Building Materials

The Healthy Material Labs, led by Parsons, is focusing on safer, more affordable building products.