David Blumenfeld graduated from the College of Literature, Science, and Arts in 1986 with a Bachelors in General Studies (B.G.S.). Mr. Blumenfeld used the freedom of the B.G.S. degree structure to take a wide range of courses including History of Art and Architecture, Philosophy, Psychology, Economics, Statistics, Marketing, and Urban Planning and Design. Mr. Blumenfeld credits the highly interdisciplinary nature of his undergraduate curriculum with preparing him for future success.
“Each of these areas of study helped me to better understand some aspect of the real estate and business world.”
Mr. Blumenfeld currently serves as Principal of the Blumenfeld Development Group and has been the driving force behind many of the company's high profile projects, including the acquisition and development of East River Plaza in Manhattan and The Arches at Deer Park. East River Plaza is an innovative, vertical, urban power center that is often cited as the spark that ignited the revitalization of upper Manhattan. The Arches is an 800,000-square foot, hybrid/lifestyle center and Long Island's first green retail development that combines discount and outlet shopping with entertainment and restaurant venues. Currently Mr. Blumenfeld is spearheading the redevelopment of the Nassau Coliseum. In addition to this role, Mr. Blumenfeld also serves as president of BDG Construction Corporation, with annual revenues exceeding $20 million, where he actively manages the construction process on a majority of BDG's projects.
Mr. Blumenfeld is also active in community activities, serving as a Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Children's Medical Fund of New York and as a trustee for the Federal Law Enforcement Foundation, the North Shore LIJ Health System, and the NYC Police Museum.
Through the Blumenfeld Scholarship, Mr. Blumenfeld hopes to empower future generations of B.G.S. students to create thoughtful, interdisciplinary educational plans that will lay the foundation for success in their future careers and lives.