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.

Downtown »

September 23, 2016

For the first time, NYC schools will see hamburgers made from NY cows on the lunch menu.

Harlem »

September 22, 2016

The Association for Neighborhood and Housing Development built a Displacement Alert Project map.

Washington Heights & Inwood »

September 22, 2016

Tenants believe they're owed rent overcharges because their landlord illegally deregulated apartments.

Upper West Side & Morningside Heights »

September 21, 2016

Tips on how to contain the clutter of the stuff you shed when you come home.

Crown Heights, Prospect Heights & Prospect-Lefferts Gardens »

September 21, 2016

NYC public schools are among the most segregated in the nation, and its pre-Ks even more so, data shows.

Greenwich Village & SoHo »

September 20, 2016

Neighborhoods across the city are grappling with Mandatory Inclusionary Housing with mixed results.

Cobble Hill, Carroll Gardens & Red Hook »

September 19, 2016

Prospective families are opting to go elsewhere as the city hasn't made a plan to relocate the school.

Downtown »

September 15, 2016

Last school year was the safest in city schools since the NYPD began keeping such stats, Bratton said.