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) will serve as 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. 

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

NYC Parks held a public hearing to receive comments on the draft EIS on June 15, 2017, at 6 pm, at the American Museum of Natural History. A final EIS, including a response to public comments on the draft EIS, is expected to be issued in fall 2017.