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Amy Zimmer

Real Estate and Education Reporter @the_zim Contact

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 »

November 2, 2017

A shortage of bilingual therapists has made the problem especially difficult in some districts.

Cobble Hill, Carroll Gardens & Red Hook »

November 1, 2017

The shipping giant is leasing industrial spaces once eyed for offices.

Cobble Hill, Carroll Gardens & Red Hook »

October 30, 2017

One state lawmaker wants to make it harder to buy property anonymously through LLCs.

Fordham & Tremont »

October 30, 2017

New prevention programs will also provide more training for staff.

Chelsea & Hell's Kitchen »

October 30, 2017

Efforts are underway to level the playing field for the 4-year-olds.

Bedford-Stuyvesant »

October 27, 2017

Ride a haunted carousel in Park Slope or see a symphony at the Brooklyn Museum this weekend.

The Rockaways »

October 27, 2017

StreetEasy analyzed sales in neighborhoods devastated by the 2012 storm, where development continues.

Park Slope, Windsor Terrace & Gowanus »

October 27, 2017

Spooky movies, haunted houses, costume contests and parades abound.