To make the Staten Island tour:
From Brooklyn by car: take the bottom level of the Verrazano Bridge, go through the tolls on the far right, and take the first exit -- South Beach. Stay to the right and follow Father Capodanno Boulevard. After about half a mile you will see the first parking lot and boardwalk on your left. Park here -- parking is free -- and get going.


To make the Brooklyn bike ride:
By car: Take the Belt Parkway east to the Bay Parkway exit. Turn right at Caesar's Bay Plaza parking lot and park your car. Ride to the Shore Parkway intersection to begin your ride
By subway: Take the D train or the M train to Bay Parkway stop. That leaves you at Bay Parkway and 86th Street. Take Bay Parkway south, heading away from the train station, about three blocks to the intersection of Bay and Shoreham Parkways. Be careful of drivers turning onto the Belt Parkway.

To take a walk in the Brooklyn Botanic Garden (1000 Washington Avenue):
By Subway: Take the B or Q train to Prospect Park station. (Note: The B train does not run on weekends.) Or take the 2 or 3 train to Eastern Parkway.
By Bus: B41, B43, B48, and B71.
By Car from the Brooklyn Bridge: Continue straight ahead, going through 6 traffic lights and turning left on to Atlantic Avenue. Drive 1 mile and turn right on to Flatbush Avenue, continuing to the arch at Grand Army Plaza. Drive around the traffic circle to Eastern Parkway (note the Library on the right). Drive one block and turn right into Washington Avenue (The Brooklyn Museum of Art is on the corner).


To make the Manhattan hike in Inwood Hill Park (218th Street and Indian Road)
By car: Take the Dyckman Street exit off the West Side Highway. Follow the exit as it merges with Broadway. Drive North on Broadway to 218th Street. Take a left on 218th Street and drive west. The entrance to the park is at the end of the street.
By subway: Take the 1 train to the 215th Street stop. Walk North to 218th Street. Take a left and walk on 218th Street. The entrance to the park is at the end of the street.

To make the Manhattan bike ride on the Upper West Side
Get on the Hudson River Bike trail that runs north from Battery Park. Continue north, following the trail signs, to the George Washington Bridge. Note: at 133rd Street, make a right off the path, then a left on to Twelfth Avenue. Follow the bike path signs back to the trail


To make the Bronx hike in Van Cortlandt Park: