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Edward Blumenfeld
Past President Of The ABLI

Edward Blumenfeld is President, CEO, Founder, and creative force behind Blumenfeld Development Group (BDG). Under Mr. Blumenfeld’s direction, BDG’s has become an acknowledged leader throughout the Atlantic seaboard in that most demanding of disciplines, converting tired, obsolete, commercial real estate into vibrant, innovative, progressive space that meets the economic needs of the community.

Mr. Blumenfeld has also sought to improve the quality of life within his community by bringing his energy, insight and personal commitment to a broad range of charitable efforts. He is a founding member of the Association for a Better Long Island (ABLI) and has been returned by his peers for a third term as its President. He is also a member of its Energy and Environmental Committee. He remains a strong and effective advocate on issues relating to education, the environment, child healthcare and sustainable development.

As a founding member of the Schneider Children’s Hospital, Mr. Blumenfeld has worked to sponsor a unique brand of care based on the special needs of young patients, care that has won international recognition. He has also taken a leadership role in honoring the region’s veterans and active duty military personnel through his philanthropic support of the award winning American Airpower Museum at Republic Airport.

Through his many undertakings, Ed Blumenfeld has literally and figuratively built a better Long Island.

Mr. Blumenfeld created Blumenfeld Development Group in 1978, when he undertook the redevelopment of the North Shore Atrium, a 300,000 square foot building that BDG converted from a Grumman aircraft manufacturing plant to the first office facility on Long Island to incorporate a restaurant, conference area, fitness center, and retail shops on premises. Blumenfeld has carried the same innovative and pioneering vision to every BDG project since. It is Mr. Blumenfeld’s direct efforts that have earned BDG a national reputation for converting underutilized industrial entities into viable commercial sites.

A dramatic example of this approach toward redevelopment involved the expansion and conversion of Bulova Watch Corporation’s 250,000 square foot manufacturing plant into a 480,000 square foot Class A office facility, anchored by British Airways’ corporate headquarters. Renamed Bulova Corporate Center, this project won numerous design awards and with its art deco details rescued and restored by Blumenfeld, it is considered BDG’s flagship project.

In the early 1990’s, Mr. Blumenfeld expanded into the retail sector, largely in historically disadvantaged communities that had long been ignored by his development peers. These projects have been satisfying financially and sociologically, as the increased choice and lowered costs that these operations generate have raised standards of living in neighboring communities. Mr. Blumenfeld feels a moral obligation to improve “BDG’s communities,” and does so by supporting local charities, donating playing fields, and producing artistic, cultural, and educational events. Into this new century, Mr. Blumenfeld continues to bring his expertise to new neighborhoods through an array of sustainable projects that remain sensitive to the communities they serve while strengthening local economies.

Mr. Blumenfeld earned his BA in 1963 from Hofstra University, Brookville, New York


Affiliations:

  • President and Chairman of The Association for a Better Long Island
  • Member of the Board of Directors, RPS Realty Trust
  • Commission of Parks and Member of Planning Board, Village of Roslyn Estates
  • Member of Advisory Board, University of Pennsylvania- Wharton Real Estate Center
  • Founder/Past President, Children's Medical Fund- Men’s Division, Schneider Children’s Hospital
  • Council of Advisors, American Airpower Museum at Republic Airport