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.

Maspeth, Middle Village & Ridgewood »

October 24, 2016

Overall, the average sales prices for the city was $981,000, the Real Estate Board of New York found.

East Village & Lower East Side »

October 24, 2016

The Lower East Side bounced back faster than the Rockaways, despite similar damage, a study found.

Upper East Side & Roosevelt Island »

October 24, 2016

For the first time, the DOE is hosting information sessions in all 32 school districts.

Upper West Side & Morningside Heights »

October 23, 2016

Airbnb vowed to fight a law against advertising illegal short-term rentals signed into law on Friday.

Cobble Hill, Carroll Gardens & Red Hook »

October 20, 2016

The 12 schools follow the heels of seven that piloted diversity-based admissions policies this year.

New Dorp & South Beach »

October 19, 2016

New Dorp High School works with students and teachers to create an inclusive environment.

Park Slope, Windsor Terrace & Gowanus »

October 19, 2016

A councilman is asking students and teachers to share stories about lack of school air conditioning.

Murray Hill, Gramercy & Midtown East »

October 18, 2016

As rents dip, developers are embracing temporary walls, once again, to keep prices up and vacancies low.