New York City Public Observatory

NYCPO Progress
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Current Status:

Design concept for the New York City Public Observatory

As of June 18, 2022: Join members of the Amateur Astronomers Association on Monday, June 20, 2022 for solar observing at the proposed New York City Public Observatory location in Jerome Park.

Viewing begins at 10 AM. Location can be found here.

To learn more, review our timeline below.

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Timeline of Events:

Celestron C11 telescope on a Pier-Tech pier mount
  • As we continue to raise funds, money will go towards the Pier-Tech pier, along with some light restoration work on the dome. 
  • May 2022: The Observatory Working Group is beginning the process of obtaining a Parks Construction Permit from the Parks Capital Division. OWG will also obtain a Department of Buildings Permit, and submit for Public Design Committee approval. All are required before the dome is moved to Jerome Park by the reservoir. The site can be seen on Google Maps.
  • Dome relocated from Nassau Community College to its new temporary home at the Cradle of Aviation Museum.
  • Gothamist article released; Parks Department agrees on location for dome.
  • April 2022: Proposal submitted to Parks Department:
    • Free For All – this observatory will be open to the general public at no charge.
    • ADA Compatibility – making the dome all-inclusive, including but not limited to: having a portable pathway to the dome entrance, providing a comparable portable telescope for wheelchair users set up just outside the dome, or on the nearby sidewalk, and offering an Electronically Assisted Astronomy device, for severely constrained persons or large groups.
    • Carbon Neutrality – solar paneling to generate electricity for telescope use.
  • February 2022: Parks Department approached, in conjunction with Bronx Science High School, interested in hosting observatory within Jerome Park.
  • January 2022: Shirley Chisholm State Park declined to host observatory.
  • November 2021: Floyd Bennett Field declined to host observatory.
  • August 11, 2021: Nassau Community College offered AAA their 9′ tall, 6.6′ [2 meter] Observa-dome aluminum observatory.