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.

Park Slope, Windsor Terrace & Gowanus »

September 22, 2017

Get down at a burlesque fest, chow down on a bicycle food tour and enjoy a sprawling street festival.

Riverdale & Kingsbridge »

September 21, 2017

Classes are too big, kids have to eat lunch at odd times and music and art space is lost, a report says.

Cobble Hill, Carroll Gardens & Red Hook »

September 19, 2017

The waterfront park's pool will get one more extension for the 2018 season before Pier 2's construction.

Fort Greene and DUMBO »

September 19, 2017

Ferry operators are telling passengers to disregard the incorrect time looming over the Brooklyn Bridge.

South Bronx »

September 17, 2017

The findings come as the rate of sexually transmitted infections among city teens is slightly rising.

Crown Heights, Prospect Heights & Prospect-Lefferts Gardens »

September 17, 2017

Just 11 percent of affordable units created by de Blasio targets earners under $30K, a report says.

Sunset Park & Greenwood Heights »

September 17, 2017

New York City is seeking ideas on how to lure the tech giant's HQ2 to the five boroughs.

Cobble Hill, Carroll Gardens & Red Hook »

September 13, 2017

The neighborhood has no subway stop, but the electric car company has a showroom down the block.