Spring walks

Girlies, ghosts and ghetto rhymes: We review five of the season's best walking tours.



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Photographs: Courtesy Uncle Sam's New York

3. The George M. Cohan Theatre District Tour

The gist: George M. Cohan is considered the father of the American musical (he wrote songs like "Give My Regards to Broadway" and "Yankee Doodle Dandy"); appropriately, this two-hour, 1.5-mile tour sets out across from Father Duffy Square, home to a statue of Cohan. The 30-plus sites you'll see on the tour include such legendary theaters as the Palace and the Majestic, newer ones like the Second Stage, and nontheatrical sites like St. Malachy's Church, where Douglas Fairbanks married Joan Crawford.
Who goes: College kids, non-New Yorkers, Moms and Dads
High: Tour guide Matt Baker absolutely loooves the stage; he'll make you love it, too.
Low: Never seeing the inside of a theater on the tour.
Before the tour: Grab some coffee at Dean & DeLuca Caf (235 W 46th St between Seventh and Eighth Aves, 212-869-4024), park your butt on the new TKTS steps and people-watch.
After the tour: Even comic books serve as Broadway inspiration these days—a Julie Taymor--helmed production of Spider-Man is slated for 2010. Brush up on your comix history at 12-year-old Midtown Comics (200 W 40th St at Seventh Ave, 212-302-8192). Then, immerse yourself in high-fashion photos at the International Center of Photography (1133 Sixth Ave at 43rd St; 212-857-0000, icp.org), where three different exhibits toy with our ideas of couture and beauty.
Book it! Daily 11am, $20. Call 917-888-USNY or visit unclesamsnewyork.com to register.
If you like that, try this: Hop onto one of the touristy City Sights New York buses (citysightsny.com). The Night Tour treks across Chinatown and the Brooklyn Bridge when the city is at its most glittering.—Emily Bailin

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