The must-see places of Spider-Man

Spider-Man is probably the most famous Marvel character. As an introverted high school student, Peter Parker is in fact the super-hero with a big heart, great power and great responsibilities! Discover 12 places in New York to follow in the footsteps 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.

OSCORP

The company founded by Norman Osborn (Willem Dafoe) is established in this 31-storey office building of a slightly futuristic design built in 1987.

COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY

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.

DAILY BUGLE

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.

JOE'S PIZZA

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.

BROADHURST THEATRE

The musical in which Mary-Jane Watson (Kirsten Dunst) is starring takes place at the Broadhurst theatre dating from 1917.

 

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