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.


 
Bedford-Stuyvesant »

March 24, 2015

6 Tips for Finding the Right Contractor to Renovate Your NYC Apartment

If you're planning to remodel your NYC apartment, these tips could help you find the right contractor.

Midtown & Theater District »

March 23, 2015

School Tells Parents They're Required to Contribute, Violating DOE Rules

Prospective parents visiting P.S. 212 are told they must contribute to the school, a form shows.

Chelsea & Hell's Kitchen »

March 19, 2015

Peer Mentors Help Struggling Teens Get to Class

A peer mentoring program at Chelsea's Landmark High aims to improve attendance and performance.  

Park Slope, Windsor Terrace & Gowanus »

March 16, 2015

Your Guide to Free Pre-K Programs as Enrollment Begins

Enrollment for the city's free pre-K programs opens Monday.

Cobble Hill, Carroll Gardens & Red Hook »

March 12, 2015

50,000 Teachers Could Be Rated Based on Students That Aren't Theirs: Union

Teachers, principals and parents are railing against Gov. Cuomo's proposed teacher evaluation changes.

Fort Greene and DUMBO »

March 10, 2015

What Buyers Need to Know to Survive the Busy Spring Real Estate Market

After a cold, sleepy winter, buyers will be out in full force this spring. Here's what you need to know.

Bedford-Stuyvesant »

March 10, 2015

Want Your Apartment to Sell Faster? Use These Buzzwords

Terms like "Farmers Market," "French Doors," and "Foyer" help drive up interest, StreetEasy found.

Astoria & Long Island City »

March 10, 2015

MAP: How Overcrowded Is Your Child's School District?

Schools are crowded in all five boroughs. New seats are on the way, but not enough to solve the problem.