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.


 
Murray Hill, Gramercy & Midtown East »

December 19, 2014

Meet the Real Estate Brokers Who Closed Deals in Every Borough

Why are brokers who've done deals in all five boroughs so rare? Hear from the EGOTs of NYC real estate.

Fort Greene and DUMBO »

December 11, 2014

City is Failing to Improve School Diversity, Parents and Advocates Say

Parents are disappointed that the de Blasio administration has not prioritized school diversity.

South Bronx »

December 10, 2014

MAP: How Diverse (or Not) Is Your Kid's Public School?

DNAinfo New York used city data to show how public schools break down along racial lines.

Upper East Side & Roosevelt Island »

December 3, 2014

Hallway Toilets, Adult Bunk Beds: How Have You Sacrificed to Afford NYC?

Many New Yorkers make extreme apartment sacrifices to live here. What have you done to afford it?

Upper West Side & Morningside Heights »

December 2, 2014

4 Ways to Get Kids Eating Healthier Food in NYC Public Schools

Parents can advocate for an alternative lunch menu, hydroponic gardens and training for school cooks.

Bedford-Stuyvesant »

November 21, 2014

How Music and Condiments Created a Money-Making Track For These Artists

Makers of pickles, kimchi and mayo share how their obsessions with music helped them launch companies.

Crown Heights & Prospect Heights »

November 21, 2014

Developers Tempt Post-Grads to Shared 'Micro-Suite' Apartments

Developers eye micro-suites as an alternative to the underground housing market's subdivided units.

Upper West Side & Morningside Heights »

November 17, 2014

What You Need to Know Before Sending Your Child to a Dual Language Program

Dual language programs are on the rise in the city's schools. Here's what you need to know about them.