Edward Blumenfeld

Edward Blumenfeld is President, Founder, and the creative force behind Blumenfeld Development Group (“BDG”). Under Mr. Blumenfeld’s direction, BDG has become an industry leading Development firm that specializes in converting underutilized real estate into vibrant, innovative, progressive space that meets the economic and social needs of the community.

Mr. Blumenfeld has 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 and also serves as a member of its Energy and Environmental Committee. He remains a strong and effective advocate on issues relating to education, the environment, child healthcare, responsible government and sustainable development.

As a founding member of the Schneider Children’s Hospital, Mr. Blumenfeld has worked over three decades to sponsor a unique brand of care based on the special needs of young patients, care that has won international recognition. He has been an ardent supporter of the hospital since its inception and further confirmed his commitment to its continued success by spearheading the expansion of the Hospital campus to include the Blumenfeld Center for Pediatric Medicine.

Mr. Blumenfeld 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 BDG 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. Mr. Blumenfeld has carried the same innovative and pioneering vision to every BDG project since.

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 Mr. Blumenfeld, it is considered BDG’s flagship project.

In the early 1990′s, BDG expanded into the retail sector, largely in historically disadvantaged communities such as east Harlem 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. Gotham Plaza and East River Plaza are two examples of BDG projects that helped energize and revitalize 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. Mr. Blumenfeld continues to bring his expertise and creativity to new neighborhoods through an array of Sustainable Projects such as The Arches in Deer Park, that remain sensitive to the communities they serve while strengthening local economies.

Mr. Blumenfeld attended Hofstra University, Uniondale, New York

Affiliations

  • Founder and President of the Board of Directors, Association for a Better Long Island
  • Member of the Board of Directors, Gift of Life
  • Member of the Board of Directors, RPS Realty Trust
  • 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
  • Member of the Board, Northwell Health

Susan Blumenfeld

The president and founder of Susan Blumenfeld Interiors (SBI), Susan specializes in interior commercial design and has successfully completed tenant installations for a variety of clients including, Eastern Paralyzed Veteran’s Association, MCA Music Corporation, Universal Music Group, New York Life Insurance Company, Inc., Vicon Industries, Connecticut General Life Insurance Company, Wang Laboratories, Inc. Gloria Vanderbilt, Fred Perry, CIGNA and Prince Spaghetti.

Aside from her prolific tenant interior design work, SBI has been instrumental in coordination with BDG of many of BDG’s construction projects, including designing the interior and exterior of the firm’s headquarters at 300 Robbins Lane, The Arches at Deer Park, Gotham Plaza, Bulova Corporate Center, 1800 Walt Whitman Road, 500 Bi-County Blvd, 125 East Bethpage Road, 3001 Expressway Drive, 121 Broad Hollow Road and 135 Maxess Road.

David Blumenfeld

David, a 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 being 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 uses.

In addition to this role, David also serves as president of BDG Construction Corp., with annual revenues exceeding $20 million, where he actively manages the construction process on a majority of BDG’s projects.

David, who studied at the University of Michigan, spent three years as a Project Manager at RC Dolner Construction Corp. before joining BDG.

David 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, Northwell Health (formerly North Shore-LIJ) and The NYC Police Museum.

Brad Blumenfeld

Brad Blumenfeld has been instrumental in leading BDG expand within its core market, and industry sectors.  Brad, who joined the firm in 1995, has secured acquisitions, spearheaded development programs as well as leasing and financing efforts for a number of properties in BDG’s five-million square foot portfolio that spans up and down the East Coast into states such as New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, North Carolina and Florida.

Brad is also active in the real estate community on Long Island, having served as a past President of the Building Owners and Managers Association-Long Island, and has been selected to be a leader on a number of industry related task forces.

Brad graduated magna cum laude from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania, majoring in real estate and entrepreneurial management.

Affiliations

  • Board of Directors – Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
  • Board of Directors – Children’s Medical Fund of New York
  • Board of Trustees – Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) Foundation
  • Member – Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) Foundation Property Committee
  • Member – Suffolk County Wastewater Treatment Task Force
  • Member – Nassau County Executive’s Tax Force for Real Estate Assessment & Real Estate Tax Reform
  • Member – Association for a Better Long Island

Nicole Assa

Nicole joined BDG’s development team in August of 2012 and is engaged in all aspects of the development process, including financial analysis, leasing, and acquisitions. Nicole has seventeen years of experience working with cities, states and local governments providing investment, debt, derivative and tax advisory services – including working with underwriters in order to help structure the financing needs of various municipalities.

Nicole holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, and a Masters of Business Administration in Real Estate Finance from Columbia Business School.

Michael Classi

As the Director of Property Management for BDG, Mike’s main responsibility is to oversee and maintain the firm’s vision of providing Class A properties to valued tenants, and works hand in hand with tenants in their construction and preconstruction needs.  In addition, Mike takes an active role in planning and coordinating major capital improvement projects and value added amenity enhancements as well as working with the Construction Team on some of their third party projects.  Mike is experienced in preparing budgets, bidding and negotiating vendor agreements as well as being responsible for monitoring the daily operations of the firm’s portfolio and supervising a seasoned staff of Property Managers.

Prior to joining BDG, Mike gained experience from some of the largest firms in New York including Skanska USA and Pavarini McGovern working on several high profile projects in Manhattan and Long Island including a broad range of experience in Retail, Commercial and High Rise projects.  He also was a Senior Project Manager at The Gap responsible for the facilitation of new construction, major remodels, open store remodels, store reductions and repositioning of retail stores in the Northeast and Canada.

Mike studied Architecture at New York Institute of Technology and holds PMP certificates from Villanova University.

Jonathan E. Cohen

For the past two decades, Jonathan Eric Cohen has been an integral part of BDG as the firm has transitioned from focusing predominantly on the local office and industrial markets and expanded its geographic reach up and down the East Coast while making the retail sector one of its primary asset classes.

Cohen, who joined BDG in 1985, is a vice president and has orchestrated several large-scale development projects, overseeing the entire development process from acquisition through development to stabilization.

His more notable achievements include the development of five major retail centers: Nichols Plaza, a 500,000-square foot retail development location in South Setauket; the BJ’s Wholesale Club/United Artists Theater complex located on a spacious 30-acre expanse in Westbury; the Bricktown Center, a 400,000-square foot retail, power-center that was recently completed in Staten Island; the Lake Grove Commons, the redevelopment of a 165,000-sports entertainment facility in Lake Grove into a retail center that will include a 65,000-square foot L.A. Fitness facility and a 59,000 square foot Whole Foods Store currently under development; and Gatlin Plaza, a 90-acre development project also under construction in Port St. Lucie, Florida which will contain a Home Depot and Kohl’s among other national tenants.

Cohen, who studied at the University of Michigan, also serves as the director of leasing for BDG’s stabilized office portfolio where he manages all tenant renewals and relocations, and new tenant leases.

Harvey Cohen

Harvey has spent the past two decades with BDG first as the company’s Controller. As Controller, Harvey is responsible for the financial management of BDG’s entire commercial real estate portfolio. These responsibilities include management and supervision of BDG’s accounting team; preparation of budgets and variance reports; all billings and calculations of tenant escalation charges; cash management; review of all tax returns and financial statements prepared by outside auditors; and coordination of legal and insurance issues.

Prior to joining BDG, Harvey served as an Accountant for Kamerman & Shapiro in New York, NY. In that capacity, he was responsible for all accounting issues for various public and private clients.

Harvey earned his M.A. from the University of Toronto in Toronto, Ontario, Canada and a B.A. from Queens College in Flushing, NY.

James H. Deciutiis

James joined BDG as Associate General Counsel in April 2006. James works with General Counsel, David J. Kaplan, in overseeing all legal matters at BDG and specializes in real estate transactions, including acquisitions, leasing and financing.

Prior to joining BDG, James was associated with the law firms Herrick, Feinstein LLP and Wilkie, Farr & Gallager LLP.

He is a member of the New York City and New York State Bar Associations.

James is a 1991 graduate of State University of New York at Oneonta, a 1993 graduate of City University of New York at Queens College with a M.A. in Secondary Education, a 1995 graduate of Fordham University with a M.A. in American History and a 2000 graduate of Fordham Law School.

Michael DeJoseph

Michael is the Director of Design Development and Planning for BDG. He graduated from New York Institute of Technology with a Bachelor of Architecture degree.

His work with BDG has included the Architectural Design for the BDG headquarters, the design and development of several office building conversions and renovations to Class ‘A’ office space, as well as the design and coordination of all corporate interior projects.

Michael has overseen the design and development of various retail projects throughout Long Island and NYC including, United Artists Theaters, BJ’s Wholesale Club, Starbucks and the Tanger Outlet Centers at the Arches.  Michael has been instrumental in all phases of each project from development thru design, permitting and contruction.

Prior to joining BDG, Michael was a project architect for various architectural firms throughout New York. He has a broad range of experience that includes retail, corporate interiors, health care, luxury apartment complexes as well as high-end residential homes.

Michael Dumelle

Prior to joining BDG, Michael managed the entire commercial real estate portfolio for Knightsbridge Properties Corp., comprised of three Long Island based Class-A medical properties, a Class-A historic landmark in TriBeca, and a Class-A historic high rise in Jersey City.

Michael has extensive experience with service contract bidding, lease negotiations and administration, and tenant relations. Michael graduated from SUNY College at Old Westbury, majoring in Business and Management.

Anthony Galu

Anthony’s career in the construction industry expands over 25 years. He joined BDG Construction Corp., the construction arm of Blumenfeld Development Group in 1989. During this time he has supervised tenant installations exceeding $15 million for such prestigious firms as MCA Records, Metropolitan Life Insurance Company, North Fork Bank, Office Depot and Regal Cinemas, formerly United Artists. This works includes tenant fit outs of up to 100,000 square feet and site development up to 40 acres. Anthony negotiated contracts and functioned as a liaison between engineers, architects, designers and subcontractors for such tenants as Universal Music Group and New York State Department of Corrections. In 2004, Anthony worked on the build out of BDG’s corporate offices, retrofitting neglected warehouse space into 30,000 square feet of exclusive office space. From May 2005 thru December 2007, Anthony acted as an owner’s representative for Wonder Works Construction Corp. in New York City. Wonder Works is an owner / builder of high-end luxury condominiums. His was involved in approximately 500 units in all phases of construction, ranging from conceptual design development, construction, C of O and sales of the units. In December of 2007, Anthony rejoined BDG Construction, where has used his expertise to oversee the site coordination for major retailers such as Home Depot, Target, Best Buy, Whole Foods Market, LifeTime Fitness and LA Fitness and is currently working on major redevelopments and new construction in the New York City Area.

Raffaele Giannattasio

Raffaele joined BDG in 2011. He worked as a project manager for various architectural firms in New York City & Nassau County. Raffaele has worked on commercial, retail, apartment complexes and high-end residential projects.

Raffaele graduated from NYIT with a bachelors degree in Architecture. He is also a licensed Real Estate Agent.

Robert Giovagnoni

Robert joined Blumenfeld Development Group’s Information Technology department in 2008 after working in the IT industry for the last ten years. He comes to us after spearheading various enterprise projects dealing with the deployment of email, networking infrastructure, and information systems. He will be working with the Info Tech group to keep BDG on the cutting edge of technology from here on forward.

Robert attended Nassau Community College and Briarcliffe College majoring in Accounting and Computer Science.

Debra Haft

Debra Haft joined BDG in 1979. Her experience as an Administrative Assistant to the President of BDG, as an Assistant Building Manager, Building Manager, Property Accountant and currently as a Human Resource and Benefits Administrator has made her a valuable asset to the firm.

Prior to her experience with BDG, Ms. Haft who is a native Long Islander, worked with Pasco County Health Department in Florida for two years prior to commencing her career with the BDG team.

She graduated Cum Laude from C.W. Post Long Island University located in Greenvale, New York, majoring in Business Administration and Management.

David Kaplan

David Kaplan serves as General Counsel and Vice President of Blumenfeld Development Group, Ltd.  Mr. Kaplan has more than 18 years of experience in the real estate industry.  In his capacity he is involved in many aspects of the Company’s business and is responsible for all legal matters for the Company as well as management of outside counsel relationships.  Mr. Kaplan specializes in real estate transactional matters, including development, financing, leasing, acquisitions/dispositions and joint ventures. Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Kaplan practiced in the corporate department of international law firm White & Case, where he specialized in equipment leasing and corporate finance. Mr. Kaplan is admitted to the Bar of the State of New York and is a member of the New York State Bar Association, the Nassau County Bar Association and the International Council of Shopping Centers. Mr. Kaplan received his Bachelor of Arts from Colgate University in 1986 and his Juris Doctor from Fordham Law School in 1989.

Lisa Martinez

Lisa joined BDG in 2002. She brings over 20 years of experience in the construction field including estimating, project management and all aspects of construction accounting. Currently, Lisa is the construction accountant for our development and construction projects.

Prior to joining BDG, Lisa gained experience in public works, commerical, retail and high end residential construction for a national subcontractor and national general contractor.

Raffaela Petrasek

Ms. Petrasek brings to BDG 21 years of experience in community revitalization and real estate development, specializing in facilitating public/private partnerships. Ms. Petrasek started her real estate career at New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC). Throughout her 10-year tenure, Ms. Petrasek worked on projects that capitalized on NYCEDC’s unique position as the City’s local development corporation to convert underutilized City-owned assets into economic development opportunities. As a Senior Vice President of Real Estate Development at NYCEDC, Ms. Petrasek supervised project management and development activities as well as lead various City’s redevelopment teams on specific large scale revitalization projects. Her individual project portfolio included the 42nd Street Redevelopment Area, serving as the City’s project manager and lead negotiator, as well as redevelopment of the former Atlantic Terminal in downtown Brooklyn. These two revitalization efforts helped foster private investments totaling approximately $2.7 billion.

Ms. Petrasek also served as the Executive Director for Nassau County Economic Development Corporation (NCEDC) where she was responsible for exploring partnership opportunities with various municipalities, community development agencies, community organizations and private developers to revitalize public and private properties to enhance the economic stability and vitality of Nassau County and its communities.

Prior to joining BDG, Ms. Petrasek served as Program Manager for Mixed Use Development for Henningson, Durham and Richardson in its New York office where she provided development advisory services focusing on public-private partnerships as well as facilitated several community visioning workshops and charrettes, including the creation of a vision plan for the Port Washington peninsula with the Town of North Hempstead.

Lisamarie Raniolo

Lisamarie joined Blumenfeld Development Group, Ltd. (BDG) in 1994. Her experience as the receptionist, Office Administrator to the Property Management Department and current role of Accounts Payable Administrator since 1998 has made her a valuable asset to the firm.

Prior to her experience with BDG, Lisamarie graduated from Katharine Gibbs School locate in Melville, New York, majoring in Office and Business Administration.