David Bergman

David Bergman is an architect and product designer whose work emphasizes sustainable/green design. He lives and works in the Lower East Side, where he has been a resident of the same block for over 30 years. He also teaches at Parsons and is the author of Sustainable Design: A Critical Guide. His blog, EcoOptimism (www.EcoOptimism.com), combines his backgrounds in design, economics and policy, and seeks to show how we can come out the other side of our concurrent ecological and economic crises in a better place than we started.



Posts by davidbergman

Recap: Streetscape ‘Visioning Workshop’ for the Future of Orchard Street

Posted February 20, 2014 at 6:09 am

Do you love or hate neckdowns, bike corrals and bollards? (Also, do you know what they are?) Last night the Lower East Side Business Improvement District (BID), in partnership with local design firm Pilot Projects, presented a “visioning workshop” for the future of Orchard Street. Welcoming ideas from both residents and business owners, the event, […]

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CB3 Hears Community Feedback on Citi Bike Installations

Posted July 18, 2013 at 6:29 am

Boogie contributor David Bergman attended the CB3 Transportation & Public Safety/Environment Committee meeting Tuesday night. Looks like it was an interesting turnout.


The Great (and Not So Great) Bike Debates

Posted May 21, 2013 at 10:32 am

What is it about bicycling that seems to fuel such controversy? In my EcoOptimism blog, I frequently write about synergistic win-win solutions – ones that can simultaneously address both environmental and economic problems. Urban bicycling, because it works on so many angles that it surpasses even win-win-win solutions, is one my favorite examples. Cycling relieves […]

‘Adapting to Change’ Lower East Side Cycling Tour #4 This Sunday

Posted March 9, 2013 at 10:01 am

If you missed an earlier version of this ride (recapped in Boogie here), you have another chance this Sunday. The Adapting to Change Cycling Tour #4 will meet at 11:30 a.m. at the Gaia Tree in the center circle at Tompkins Square Park. Here’s the info: Sandy’s storm waters surged into Manhattan, heralding a new […]

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Op-Ed: Strong Communities Promote Sustainability

Posted March 6, 2013 at 11:27 am

The Fourth Street Arts Block is the only official “cultural district” in NYC, but what interested me is that FABnyc has also embarked on a mission to green the block.

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Overflow Crowd at SPURA RFP Information Session Yesterday

Posted February 12, 2013 at 6:19 am

If the attendance Monday is any indicator, the NYC Economic Development Corporation (EDC) may be receiving a large number of proposals for developing the long vacant SPURA sites around Delancey Street.

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Recap: “Adapting to Change” Lower East Side Cycling Tour

Last modified December 6, 2012 at 12:05 pm

In the immediate post-Sandy days, bicycles were the best means of transportation, and so it was appropriate that the Green Map System’s “Adapting to Change” tour of the Lower East Side, held this past Sunday, traveled by bike.

Recap: First Street Green’s NYChair Event

Last modified August 19, 2012 at 11:38 am

For an event about designing chairs for parks, we didn’t get to sit much. But that was our own fault because we were popping in and out of the workshops.

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Op-Ed: Saying No to Big Box in SPURA

Last modified August 19, 2012 at 11:36 am

The following op-ed was written by Boogie reader David Bergman. Does the Lower East Side really need big box retail for SPURA redevelopment? More after the jump!