City Environmental Quality Review (CEQR)


Lead Agency

The CEQR process begins with selection of a lead agency for the review. The lead agency is generally the governmental agency that is most responsible for the decisions to be made on a proposed action and is also capable of conducting the environmental review. The New York City Department of Parks & Recreation (NYC Parks) is the lead agency for the Gilder Center project environmental review process.

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The New York City Department of Parks & Recreation (NYC Parks), as lead agency, began the environmental review process in 2016, by determining that an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) would be required for the Gilder Center project. The public had the opportunity to comment on the draft scope of work for the EIS in the spring of 2016. 


Environmental Impact Statement (EIS)

On May 18, 2017, NYC Parks issued the draft EIS. A copy of the draft EIS can be obtained online at

On June 15, 2017, NYC Parks held a public hearing to receive comments on the draft EIS. Written comments were accepted through June 26. 

On November 15, 2017, NYC Parks issued the final EIS. A copy of the final EIS can be obtained online at

On December 4, 2017, NYC Parks approved the Museum’s plans for the Richard Gilder Center for Science, Education, and Innovation, following completion of the environmental review process and issuance of its Statement of Findings. The Statement of Findings and the approval letter are available online at