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.

Cobble Hill, Carroll Gardens & Red Hook »

March 26, 2017

Parents say principals have been using scare tactics to quash opting out of next week's state tests.

Sunset Park & Greenwood Heights »

March 26, 2017

Schoolyard upgrades and A/C wiring for schools dominate District 38's participatory budgeting proposals.

Sunset Park & Greenwood Heights »

March 23, 2017

The 53rd Street, Bay Ridge Avenue and Prospect Avenue stations will close for 6 months starting Monday.

Forest Hills, Rego Park & Jamaica »

March 21, 2017

JustFix.nyc is piloting an app to help tenant advocates and legal aid attorneys build legal cases.

Upper West Side & Morningside Heights »

March 21, 2017

Parents fear overcrowding at three UWS schools, but school leaders say it's too early to worry.

Cobble Hill, Carroll Gardens & Red Hook »

March 20, 2017

Carroll Gardens and Kensington are tougher for buyers than Williamsburg and Midtown, StreetEasy found.

Sunset Park & Greenwood Heights »

March 19, 2017

A Sunset Park townhouse recently closed for a record $2.05 million, a broker said.

Downtown »

March 15, 2017

A new pay-to-play tool for brokers on StreetEasy has some asking whether you really need a broker.