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.

Fordham & Tremont »

May 27, 2016

A new report looks at affordability based on factors such as income, employment and sales price hikes.

Park Slope, Windsor Terrace & Gowanus »

May 27, 2016

Parents and teachers from Park Slope's P.S. 321 are refusing to give kids this year's field tests.

Downtown »

May 24, 2016

These old city buildings are getting new lives as spaces for affordable housing, artists and tech jobs.

Upper West Side & Morningside Heights »

May 19, 2016

A one-bedroom is for sale in the former Upper West Side townhouse of Miles Davis.

East Village & Lower East Side »

May 18, 2016

Many community schools are taking a multi-pronged approach to get students to come to school.

Upper East Side & Roosevelt Island »

May 18, 2016

The city's housing boom means more new seats are needed in schools, parents warn.

Downtown »

May 17, 2016

New York City currently has recommendations in place to encourage schools to accommodate students.

Park Slope, Windsor Terrace & Gowanus »

May 16, 2016

A shift to "blind" admissions for middle school won't make them any more diverse, Brooklyn parents say.