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.


 
Park Slope, Windsor Terrace & Gowanus »

April 16, 2015

Parents Complain About Brand Placement in State English Tests

Parents questioned the content of the state English exams, which are shrouded in secrecy.

Cobble Hill, Carroll Gardens & Red Hook »

April 15, 2015

More than 1,200 Kindergartners Shut Out of Their Zoned Schools

More than 1,200 families were waitlisted at their zoned schools, according to DOE data released Tuesday.

Park Slope, Windsor Terrace & Gowanus »

April 13, 2015

Principals Pressure Families Not To Opt Out of State Tests

City schools are pushing back against a growing number of families opting out of the state tests.

Park Slope, Windsor Terrace & Gowanus »

April 13, 2015

Student Given Summons Over Pin in Broken Glasses Asks NYPD to Drop Charges

NYPD officials told Noah Phillpotts they'd withdraw the summons, but have failed to do so, his dad said.

Upper West Side & Morningside Heights »

April 10, 2015

Want to Rent a Manhattan Studio? You'll Need to Earn $107K

The average Manhattan studio costs $2,691 a month, according to a recent real estate report.

Downtown »

April 7, 2015

1,500 Pre-Schoolers To Compete for 325 Elite G&T Seats

Only 10 percent of 4-year-old test takers qualified for the top G&T programs; 23 percent will get in.

Crown Heights, Prospect Heights & Prospect-Lefferts Gardens »

April 3, 2015

Home Prices in Hot Brooklyn Neighborhoods Eclipse Manhattan, Reports Say

North and Brownstone Brooklyn's median price hit $970K while Manhattan's median was $900K, reports said.

Downtown »

April 2, 2015

Sensory Experiences Shape the Future of NYC Retail

From swanky Brookfield Place to indie Brooklyn chocolatiers, it's all about creating experiences.