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.

Fort Greene and DUMBO »

May 22, 2017

The Alamo Drafthouse is adding brunch to Brooklyn screenings and is planning a Manhattan outpost.

Fort Greene and DUMBO »

May 18, 2017

The Brooklyn Historical Society DUMBO will offer free admission all weekend.

Crown Heights, Prospect Heights & Prospect-Lefferts Gardens »

May 18, 2017

Options include street fairs, food fests and an ice cream bike tour.

Cobble Hill, Carroll Gardens & Red Hook »

May 17, 2017

The city's policy puts the burden on kids to speak out or on staff to step up, advocates say.

Greenwich Village & SoHo »

May 16, 2017

As the mayor looks to keep homeless families in their communities, a new report shows why it matters.

Greenwich Village & SoHo »

May 15, 2017

DNAinfo talked with an occupational therapy graduate student with autism, who sells and makes fidgets.

Bedford-Stuyvesant »

May 11, 2017

The city added 69 more schools for a total of 215 schools with health and social support services.