Amy Zimmer

News Editor @the_zim

Amy Zimmer is a news editor who oversees NYC Kids coverage for 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.

Harlem »

February 27, 2015

Website Allows Potential Tenants to See a Building's Dirty Little Secrets

Rental listings site Apartable mines city data on violations and complaints for NYC's 900,000 buildings.

Park Slope, Windsor Terrace & Gowanus »

February 25, 2015

Teachers at Top Brooklyn Schools Ask Parents to Help Save Their Jobs

Teachers say Gov. Andrew Cuomo's proposed evaluation system could cost some educators their jobs.

Downtown »

February 24, 2015

City Schools Must Add More Girls' Sports Under Title IX, Settlement Says

After viloating Title IX, city schools must add more girls' sports under a new federal agreement.

Downtown »

February 18, 2015

QUIZ: Are You Part of NYC's Middle Class?

De Blasio talks about helping the middle class. But just who is he talking about? It's not easy to know.

Fort Greene and DUMBO »

February 16, 2015

5 Things You Need to Know About the Measles to Keep Your Family Safe

Measles cases are on the rise across the country. How can families protect their kids from the virus?

Astoria & Long Island City »

February 12, 2015

It's More Expensive to Rent in Queens Than in Brooklyn, Report Finds

January's median rent for northwest Queens was $4 more than parts of Brooklyn, a real estate firm found.

East Village & Lower East Side »

February 11, 2015

6 Ways Real Estate Brokers Know Whether Couples Will Break Up

Brokers often get an inside look at the strength of a couple's foundation when house hunting.

South Bronx »

February 10, 2015

Bronx Students Go Hungry Rather Than Eat 'Unappetizing' School Lunch

Students at the Bronx Academy of Letters said they were served still-frozen pizza and cold taco meat.