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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.


 
Astoria & Long Island City »

May 20, 2015

How Artists Are Trying to Keep NYC Real Estate Affordable

Three artist-led projects aim to create affordable space for artists and others in the city.

Upper West Side & Morningside Heights »

May 19, 2015

Schools to Begin Switch to Compostable Lunch Trays

Advocates hope the trays will help stop plastics and other materials getting into compostable waste.

Cobble Hill, Carroll Gardens & Red Hook »

May 18, 2015

7 Things to Know About Sending Your Kid to a Gifted and Talented School

Finding the right G&T program depends on your child's needs and the schools involved, experts said.

Park Slope, Windsor Terrace & Gowanus »

May 13, 2015

How Grassroots Efforts Are Making Solar Energy Affordable

Community solar campaigns try to get a critical mass of customers to bring installation prices down.

Murray Hill, Gramercy & Midtown East »

May 11, 2015

Homebuyers Will Find Ways Around Proposed 'Mansion Tax,' Experts Say

If de Blasio's 1 percent tax on $1.75M homes is approved, expect to see more homes priced at $1.65M.

Astoria & Long Island City »

May 8, 2015

De Blasio Calls for New 'Mansion Tax' and Reform to Developers' Tax Breaks

Mayor de Blasio hopes to spur affordable housing through a mansion tax and reform of 421a tax benefits.

Downtown »

May 5, 2015

$1M Parking Spaces Among High-End Amenities For Cars at Manhattan Apts.

$1 million parking spots, grand motor courts and other high-end car amenities at new Manhattan condos.

South Bronx »

May 4, 2015

Failing Schools to Get Extra Money to Boost Performance, City Says

The city's 130 failing schools will get $34 million next year and $60 million in years after.