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 »

October 28, 2014

Selective Middle Schools Change Their Admission Policies, Confusing Parents

Middle schools are no longer allowed to use test scores as a sole or primary factor in admissions.

Upper West Side & Morningside Heights »

October 28, 2014

MAP: These Are The Most Popular Middle Schools in New York City

See how competitive NYC middle schools were last year.

Fort Greene and DUMBO »

October 27, 2014

Minority Kids Get Intensive Test Prep to Win Spots in Elite High Schools

Breakthrough New York, a program for low-income students, aims to boost diversity in elite high schools.

Park Slope, Windsor Terrace & Gowanus »

October 24, 2014

'Crunchy' Park Slope Among Neighborhoods Slow to Adopt Composting

Fruit flies and lack of education are blamed for the slow response to the city's composting project.

Chelsea & Hell's Kitchen »

October 20, 2014

Kids Hone Tech Skills as Common Core Exams Move Online

Schools are preparing for the new Common Core exams, which students will take on a computer. 

Upper West Side & Morningside Heights »

October 17, 2014

How to Get Your 4-Year-Old Ready for Gifted and Talented Admissions

Here's what you need to know if you're hoping to score a G&T seat for your 4-year-old in fall 2015.

Astoria & Long Island City »

October 15, 2014

5 Tips for Couples With Different Spending Habits

Psychologists and financial advisors offer tips for couples who don't agree on finances.

Greenwich Village & SoHo »

October 10, 2014

QUIZ: Guess How Much These Apartments Cost

A list price is only the start of negotiations. Learn how much more or less buyers spent on these pads.