Amy Zimmer

Real Estate and Education Reporter @the_zim

Amy Zimmer is a reporter who oversees real estate and education coverage for 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 »

August 26, 2016

Evan Zes is staging his one-man autobiographical show "Rent Control" during the Fringe Festival.

Cobble Hill, Carroll Gardens & Red Hook »

August 25, 2016

Expert stagers and brokers share their secrets to making homes smell their best for apartment showings.

Upper West Side & Morningside Heights »

August 24, 2016

Take a peek into dream-worthy green spaces in New York City's residential buildings, old and new.

Washington Heights & Inwood »

August 23, 2016

Town Hopper Tours will take house hunters to five New Jersey towns in 3 hours.

Crown Heights, Prospect Heights & Prospect-Lefferts Gardens »

August 23, 2016

Roommates, pet policies, income requirements and other things you need to know before renting in NYC.

Greenwich Village & SoHo »

August 18, 2016

Amber Scorah, whose son died on his first day of day care, will deliver a petition to Trump and Clinton.

Upper West Side & Morningside Heights »

August 16, 2016

A new principal is putting more weight on test scores over talent in the admissions process, they say.

Fort Greene and DUMBO »

August 16, 2016

A tumultuous 2016 is shaking brokers' confidence, the Real Estate Board of New York found.