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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.


 
Upper East Side & Roosevelt Island »

February 4, 2016

Manhattan real estate saw big price gains over the past 10 years, despite ups and downs of the economy.

Williamsburg, Greenpoint & Bushwick »

February 2, 2016

The Department of Housing Preservation and Development has new design guidelines for retail spaces.

Chelsea & Hell's Kitchen »

January 29, 2016

Manhattan price growth is expected to be below 1 percent; Brooklyn about 4 percent, StreetEasy says.

Washington Heights & Inwood »

January 29, 2016

Universal pre-K starts at 4 years old, but the path to a free seat at a private school starts earlier.

Williamsburg, Greenpoint & Bushwick »

January 28, 2016

Rents would drop along the L stops, but rise in nearby areas served by other trains, experts expect.

Midtown & Theater District »

January 26, 2016

Foreign-based real estate investments have been blamed for inflating the price of some city apartments.

South Jamaica, Springfield Gardens & Rosedale »

January 26, 2016

Success Academy's Rosedale location evacuated Tuesday after National Grid inspectors found 11 leaks.

Forest Hills, Rego Park & Jamaica »

January 25, 2016

StreetEasy crunched data on the most affordable areas for "typical" first-time buyers spending $524K.