Meeting places and transit schedules are subject to change—always call (914) 835-2153 in advance to reserve a place and verify the time/place. And check the transit links to train or bus web sites, below, in case the schedule has changed.
This is especially important if you're taking the subway. The Transit Authority does track work on weekends. They cancel half the trains, and re-route the rest, so participants who don't check their website in advance often arrive very late, or miss the tours altogether!
Call to confirm (or cancel) the evening before the tour to rule out last-minute changes. Get to bus or train station 15 minutes early to buy tickests and find gate or track on time or you may miss the tour.
All New York City park tours usually run from 11:45 AM sharp to 3:45 PM. Pack your gear the night before, give yourself extra time in case of delays, and PLEASE BE ON TIME!
ALLEY POND PARK, Douglaston, Queens—Meet at Northern Blvd. & Springfield Blvd. (219th St.).
A. Best way from Manhattan: Penn Station 10:49-11:16 AM LIRR train to Bayside. Go to parking lot on Manhattan-bound side of the station and wait for car pickup. Return 3:57 to 4:25 PM.
B. F train to 169th St. or E train to Sutphin Blvd. & Archer Ave., #31 bus (30-min. ride), departing every 30 min., to Northern Blvd. Walk uptown along Northern Blvd. to 219th St. (Springfield Blvd.) and Northern Blvd.
C. #7 train (slow local) to Main St., Flushing. #12 bus (25-min. ride) on Roosevelt Ave. to Springfield Blvd. Bus departs every 25 min.
D. Grand Central Pkwy. to Cross Island Expy., north (toward Whitestone Bridge). Exit Northern Blvd. west, take Northern Blvd. several blocks to Springfield Blvd. (219th St.).
B. Saw Mill River Pkwy. north, Rte. 684 north to end, continue north on Rte. 22, left at small Appalachian Trail hiker's crossing sign, a few yards south of the Rte. 22 parking area (with a larger sign) north of Pawling and south of Wingdale.
BEDFORD POST INN, Bedford, NY—Meet at 11 AM in the parking lot at 954 Old Post Rd. A. Metro-North 8:47 to 9:52 train to Bedford Hills, take a cab to The Inn. Return 2:32 to 3:45 PM.
B. Hutchinson River Parkway to Rte. 684 N, go 12.7 miles, exit 4, right on Rte 172, go 1.6 miles, turn left on Old Post Rd./Rte 22 (which becomes Rte. 121) 1.8 miles, to the destination on the left.
BELMONT LAKE STATE PARK, North Babylon, NY—Meet at 11:30 AM or at 1 PM, at 625 Belmont Ave., in the parking lot off the Southern State Parkway's exit 38.
A. LIRR 9:12 AM to 10:19 AM train to Babylon. Depart at 9:22 AM from Flatbush Ave., Brooklyn, or 9:50 AM from Jamaica. Take a 10-minute cab ride to Belmont Park.
B. Triboro Bridge to Bronx, Bruckner Expy. east, Bronx River Pkwy. north (bear right to avoid Sprain River Pkwy.), exit Leewood Dr., go through tunnel, immediate right on Dale Rd. to Crestwood RR station.
Bronx River Pathway in White Plains, Westchester—Meet 11:30 AM in the parking lot outside the White Plains RR station, 525 North Broadway.
Cross Bronx Expwy., I-95 north, I-87, Major Deegan Expwy north, 16.2 miles, exit 3N, I-87 toward White Plains, 3.9 miles, exit 6, NY-22, toward N. White Plains, 0.3 mile, left on N. Broadway 0.4 mile, the RR station is on your left.
CENTRAL PARK, Manhattan—Confirm alternate meeting places beforehand. Park cars in lot, street parking's usually impossible.
A. C train to West 72nd St. Meet Central Park West and West 72nd St.
B. C train to 103rd St. Meet Central Park West and West 103rd St.
C. #6 train to 110 St. Meet 5th Ave. and East 106 St.
B1. From the south: From the South: Merritt to exit 44 (Toward CT-58, Fairfield/Redding). Turn left off the exit onto Congress Street, and take the next left on CT-58, headed North. Follow Rt. 58 for approximately 10 miles to Sunset Hill Road* (on the right), and turn right. (Slow for hairpin turn) Go about 1 mile to the park entrance, on the right.
*Note: Sunset Hill Road is about 1 mile past a 4-way stop at Cross Highway (on left) and Church Hill Road (on the right)
B2. From the north (Danbury): Rte. 302 (Greenwood Ave. in Bethel), Rte. 58 south 1-1/4 mile, left on Sunset Hill Rd. 2-1/2 miles, park entrance on left.
A. Q111, Q114 bus, or Rosedale or Rockaway-bound commuter vans to 147th St. and Springfield Lane. Walk 1 block south on Springfield Lane to 149th St.
B. Van Wyck Expwy. or Cross Island Parkway to Belt Parkway West (or Gowanas Parkway to Belt Parkway East), exit 23A, left on 225th St. 0.6 mile, left on 148th Ave., 0.6 mile, right on 230th Pl. 0.2 mile to park entrance
INWOOD HILL PARK, Inwood, Manhattan—Meet in playground by Dyckeman St. (200th St.) & Broadway subway station, not in Inwood Hill Park.
A. A train to Dyckeman St. (200 St.). Cross Broadway and enter playground.
B. Henry Hudson Pkwy., east on Dyckeman St. (or Harlem River Dr., west on Dyckeman St.) to Broadway.
B. I-95 to Westchester, exit 16, merge onto Cedar St. 0.1 mile, straight through roundabout onto Memorial Hwy. 0.4 mile, which bcomes Brook St., 0.2 mile, left on Coligni Ave. 0.4 mile, Right on Webster Ave. 0.7 mile to Flandreau St., where there's an entrance to the park.
B. Henry Hudson Pkwy. north, Saw Mill River Pkwy. north, Hutchinson River Pkwy. north (or Whitestone Bridge to Hutch.), Merritt Pkwy. north, exit 39B, follow signs onto Rte. 7 north, 15 feet before sign "Jct. 102," turn right into RR station. If you miss turn, turn right at traffic light at Rte. 102 and make another immediate right into RR station.
PROSPECT PARK, Brooklyn—Meet at stone benches at Grand Army Plaza entrance.
A. #2 train to Grand Army Plaza or Q train to 7th Ave., Brooklyn, walk south past the traffic circle to park entrance.
B. Manhattan Bridge, or Brooklyn-Queens Expy.'s Tillary St. exit, south on Flatbush Ave. to Grand Army Plaza.
RECOLOGIE, New Rochelle, NY—The talk will begin at 11 AM at 49 Lawton St., New Rochelle, NY, (914) 278-9350
A. "A" Train to Beach 60 St., walk NE to Beach 56th St., turn right on Rockaway Beach Blvd.
B. Van Wyck Expwy. exit 1, Nassau Expwy. east 4.2 miles, right on Burnside Ave. 0.5 mile, left on Rockaway Fwy. 2.2 miles, left on Beach 56th St. 1.4 miles, right on Rockaway Beach Blvd. 75 feet.
SAXON WOODS, White Plains, NY—Meet 10 AM at parking lot off Mamaroneck Ave., north of the Hutchinson Pkwy., the lot by the swimming pool (there's another lot south of the Hutch — don't go there!)
A. Grand Central Station 8:37 to 9:16 AM train to Mamaroneck, exit rear of platform. Take the #60 bus toward White Plains 10 minutes to the Saxon Woods Pool stop, or walk north along Mamaroneck Ave 30 minutes. Return 12:36 to 1:19 PM.
A. LIRR 10:25 to 11:54 AM from Penn Station, 10:12 AM from Flatbush Ave., 10:48 AM from Jamaica, to Kings Park. Return 4:37 PM to 6:09 PM to Penn Station, 6:12 to Flatbush Ave., to 5:45 PM Jamaica. Take 10-minute cab ride to Sunken Meadow Park.
B. Northern State Pkwy. exit 45, Sunken Meadow State Pkwy., north on Sunken Meadow Parkway to Sunken Meadow Park, meet in the parking field closest to the bathhouse.
TARRYWILE PARK, 70 Southern Blvd, Danbury, CT—Meet at 1 PM at the overflow parking lot by the red barn gate, not the main lot. Turn right from the main parking lot, onto the gravel driveway that leads to the red barn parking lot.