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Amy Zimmer

Real Estate and Education Reporter @the_zim azimmer@dnainfo.com

Amy Zimmer is a reporter who oversees real estate and education coverage for DNAinfo.com New York. Previously, she 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.


 
Coney Island & Brighton Beach »

April 28, 2017

1,281 of 1,544 school buildings had water samples with elevated lead levels, figures show.

Cobble Hill, Carroll Gardens & Red Hook »

April 27, 2017

The city's private preschools worry they will lose students to the city's pre-K program for 3-year-olds.

Cobble Hill, Carroll Gardens & Red Hook »

April 27, 2017

Novelist Emma Straub promises to stock the store's shelves with local authors.

Bay Ridge & Bensonhurst »

April 26, 2017

About 74 percent of calls to the UFT's homework helpline are for math, up from 46 percent 20 years ago.

East Village & Lower East Side »

April 26, 2017

Rent-stabilized apartments could see increases of 1 percent to 3 percent for one-year leases.

Cobble Hill, Carroll Gardens & Red Hook »

April 25, 2017

The city will spend $28.75 million over the next five years to install A/C units in all classrooms.

Cobble Hill, Carroll Gardens & Red Hook »

April 24, 2017

The NYC LGBT Historic Sites Project launched a interactive map with 100 sites and is looking for more.

South Bronx »

April 24, 2017

The city plans to provide free pre-K for all 3-year-olds in the city by 2021.