The must-see places of Spider-Man
PETER PARKER’S HOUSE
The house of Peter Parker’s (Tobey Maguire) aunt and uncle is one of many dwellings built on the same model. Stan Lee, the creator of Spider-Man also lived in this neighbourhood. As we mention in our Guide New York of 1000 cult movie, series, music, comics, novel locations if you go by subway, count on a good 20 minutes on foot.
NEW YORK PUBLIC LIBRARY
It’s in front of the New York library that Uncle Ben (Cliff Robertson) is assassinated by a thief that Ben hadn’t dared arrest previously. The sentence uttered by his uncle before dying marked him enormously: "Great power means great responsibilities".
This is a formative event in the birth of Spider-Man.
The company founded by Norman Osborn (Willem Dafoe) is established in this 31-storey office building of a slightly futuristic design built in 1987.
During a visit to Columbia University with his school, Peter meets Norman, the father of his friend Harry Osborn (James Franco), at the bottom of the steps leading to the Low Library. Built in 1895, this library is one of the oldest university buildings.
THE OSBORNS’ APARTMENT
Only the façade was used to show on screen where the Osborn family lived. The inside is that of the Greystone Mansion in Los Angeles.
ROOSEVELT ISLAND TRAMWAY
From the cabin roof, the Green Goblin tries to make Spider-Man choose between saving children’s lives or Mary-Jane Watson’s. But Spider-Man is clever. With your Metro card, don’t hesitate to ride this Aerial Tram to take advantage of the unique view over the city and the Queensboro Bridge.
ROCKFELLER ROOF GARDENS
After having saved her from attack by the Green Goblin at Times Square, Spider-Man puts her down in the Rockefeller Center rooftop gardens. Unfortunately these gardens are closed to the public.
The famous Flatiron Building lends its façade to the Daily Bugle, the New York tabloid to which Peter sells his photos, notably those of Spider-Man.
LABORATORY OF DR OCTOPUS
Dr Otto Gunther Octavius (Alfred Molina), also known as Doctor Octopus, has his laboratory in this building which houses, in reality the cinematic library Anthology Film Archives.
A sign inside still reminds us today that Peter Parker (Tobey Maguire) works in this pizzeria. So as not to lose his job after a dressing-down by his boss, he decides to put on his Spider-Man costume so that he can make the deliveries in time to the other end of the city. In reality, the place has a reputation for making the best pizzas in New York and certain stars come by regularly to order one.
PETER PARKER'S APARTMENT
When he becomes independent, Peter moves into this apartment and being pretty short of money he’s always looking to avoid the landlord as much as he can.
The musical in which Mary-Jane Watson (Kirsten Dunst) is starring takes place at the Broadhurst theatre dating from 1917.