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.

Cobble Hill, Carroll Gardens & Red Hook »

January 29, 2015

How Brownstone Brooklyn Parents Aim to Take Over a Struggling Middle School

Parents are trying to turn a low-performing middle school into a place they'd want to send their kids.

Park Slope, Windsor Terrace & Gowanus »

January 28, 2015

After the Storm, Here's How To Protect Your Home From Salt

Tracking in salt and other de-icers used in this wintry weather can be bad for your feet and floors.

Park Slope, Windsor Terrace & Gowanus »

January 26, 2015

Farrell's Orders Beer, Shoppers Throng Park Slope Food Co-op Ahead of Storm

The Windsor Terrace watering hole planned to weather the storm with plenty of Budweiser.

Midtown & Theater District »

January 23, 2015

4 Reasons Parents Are Happy That School Superintendents Are Back in Power

Families believe newly empowered superintendents will be more responsive to complaints about schools.

Murray Hill, Gramercy & Midtown East »

January 21, 2015

5 Things to Know Before Renovating Your Apartment

Renovating your home can add to its value — when done smartly. Experts share tips on rehab projects.

Upper West Side & Morningside Heights »

January 16, 2015

De Blasio's Affordable Housing Plan Could Destroy 15 Community Gardens

At least 15 Brooklyn and Manhattan community gardens could be bulldozed, advocates said.

Fort Greene and DUMBO »

January 14, 2015

40 New and Expanding Dual Language Programs Coming to NYC Schools

The languages range from Hebrew to Haitian Creole and will start in September 2015.

Williamsburg, Greenpoint & Bushwick »

January 13, 2015

Last Chance to Buy Townhouses Under $1M in 'Hot' Brooklyn Areas, Many Say

As townhouses under $1M in areas like Bed-Stuy become rare, Ocean Hill and East Flatbush are next up.