Great Walks 2012: TV, movie and book-inspired strolls around NYC

Tours of New York abound, but these bespoke, pop-culture-themed itineraries will help you discover a new side of NYC. Edited by Sarah Bruning

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Illustration: Noma Barr

Illustration: Noma Barr

These great walks explore New York through the lens of our favorite music, TV shows, movies, books and events. Channel Zosia Mamet and the cast of Girls while wandering the West Village, and embark on a journey of kinky discovery a la Fifty Shades of Grey’s nouveau nymphet Anastasia. Or if you’re as psyched for the Olympics as we are, use Manhattan’s West Side as your personal training center, then reward yourself with a cold craft beer.

  • Trash and Vaudeville buyer Jimmy Webb (right)

    Punk-rock walk

    Punk bands and history come alive on this East Village walking tour.
  • New York Public Library

    Superhero walk

    Fans of Marvel’s Spider-Man and DC Comics’ Batman can peep sights from their hero’s movie canon.
  • Brooklyn Bridge by night

    Game of Thrones walk

    Imagine you’re in Game of Thrones’ Westeros as you tour NYC’s Chinatown and Lower East Side.
  • Paddles

    Fifty Shades of Grey walk

    E.L. James’s Fifty Shades trilogy sparked curiosity in kinky sex, but we’ll school you on the real side of BDSM.
  • Girls' character Marnie

    Girls walk

    HBO’s hit series Girls reminds us why we love NYC, from the High Line to dive bars.
  • Chelsea Piers history wall

    Olympics walk

    The London 2012 Olympic Games won’t be the only things revving up your adrenaline after this sporty walk.
  • Amy’s Bread

    Dance walk

    So You Think You Can Dance and Bunheads addicts embrace the summer dance craze.
  • New Girl walk

    Zooey Deschanel and her adorkable New Girl character, Jess, would approve of this Fort Greene walking tour.
  • Imparali Custom Tailors

    Suits walk

    Stylish men like Suits’ lead lawyer Harvey Specter know how to enjoy New York to the fullest.
  • Suckers, playing at Cameo

    Indie nightlife

    Indie bars and live-music venues thrive in the Brooklyn neighborhoods of Greenpoint and Williamsburg.
  • Street survey: What’s the craziest thing you’ve seen walking around NYC?


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