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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.


 
Fort Greene and DUMBO »

June 23, 2017

The Plus Pool needs 100,000 signatures from supporters to win $100,000 from the beer giant.

Park Slope, Windsor Terrace & Gowanus »

June 23, 2017

Local historians believe the archeological dig underway in Gowanus needs to dig deeper for remains.

Cobble Hill, Carroll Gardens & Red Hook »

June 23, 2017

Help clean up Transmitter Park, spot horseshoe crabs or watch a movie under the stars.

Fort Greene and DUMBO »

June 22, 2017

Bronx and Brooklyn borough presidents want the city to boost diversity in specialized programs.

Park Slope, Windsor Terrace & Gowanus »

June 21, 2017

As Albany wraps up its session, Mayor de Blasio pleaded for continued control over city schools.

Sunset Park & Greenwood Heights »

June 20, 2017

The Family Homelessness Task Force wants the state to boost rules to preserve rent stabilized units.

Fort Greene and DUMBO »

June 19, 2017

The project would clean river water and pump it into a floating pool.

Sunset Park & Greenwood Heights »

June 19, 2017

The city is eyeing a 400-seat school for the corner of Fifth Avenue and 36th Street to ease crowding.