Explore Spider-Man movie locations!
If you love Spider-Man, you can’t miss checking out the historic NYC landmarks and monuments featured throughout the trilogy! Even though much of the actual film was shot in other cities, the story is set in New York, and it’s here that you can experience the massive skyscrapers and striking skyline that provided the backdrop for Spider-Man’s daring stunts. For a guided tour of many of these locations, take the New York TV & Movie Sites Tour.
Classic Upper Manhattan and Midtown
Midtown Manhattan is chock full of locations used in the Spider-Man trilogy. Home to many of the city’s skyscrapers, historical architecture, and NY’s most famous buildings, Midtown provides the ultimate setting for Spider-Man’s action scenes! Two of our favorite places, however, are much more leisurely. Bryant Park and City Hall Park are lovely places to relax during a day of sightseeing. Beautiful Bryant Park is famous for hosting New York Fashion Week, and boasts an almost Parisian feel. City Hall Park, which contains New York’s historic City Hall, is a small park with impressive landscaping and architecture.
Nearby sights include:
- The rooftop where Spider-Man deposits Mary Jane before swinging away in the first Spider-Man
- The quaint bridge, nestled in Central Park, where Spider-Man and Mary Jane share a scene inSpider-Man 3
- The New York Public Library, where Peter tells Uncle Ben he is going to study but is actually going to a wrestling match. Uncle Ben is later killed outside the library while waiting to pick Peter up.
- The building that housed the Science Library benefit in Spider-Man 2. This was the scene of Mary Jane and John Jameson engagement announcement, as well as Harry and Peter’s fight over Peter’s loyalty to Spider-Man.
- The Empire State Building, which is the site where Spider-Man battles in mid-air with Harry Osborn in his updated goblin suit. This famous building can be seen in several other movies, including Sleepless in Seattle, An Affair to Remember, and, of course, King Kong.
Trendy Lower Manhattan
Lower Manhattan includes many pocket-sized neighborhoods, each with a unique character. The Lower East Side was a favorite haunt of Spider-Man and his friends. Spend an evening in this diverse, eclectic neighborhood, and it just might become yours, too! Peter’s apartment is located at 187 Chrystie Street on the Lower East Side – as you may remember, he spent much of his time there avoiding the pesky landlord. Just a few blocks north, you’ll reach the East Village, also a colorful area. Home to a variety of festive bars and restaurants, this trendy neighborhood is another great option for a fun evening exploring New York.
Sights to check out in Lower Manhattan (not necessarily included on tour) include:
- A bar where a major Spider-Man 3 action scene took place
- Joe’s Pizza (233 Bleecker Street), the pizza place (famous for some of the best slices in town) where Peter worked – and got fired!
- Norman Osborn’s luxurious Gothic mansion, complete with impressive views of the Chrysler Building and Empire State Building. Originally a slaughterhouse, the mansion was converted into luxury apartments in the 1920s.
- The diner where Mary Jane worked when she wasn’t pursuing her dream of becoming a Broadway actress
The Flatiron Building: The Daily Bugle
Seen in all three Spider-Man films (and on the TV & Movie Sites Tour), the Flatiron Building houses The Daily Bugle, a fictional newspaper. Wedged between Broadway and Fifth Avenue in the Flatiron District, the odd shape of the building has made it iconic. The building is the setting for many of Peter Parker’s scenes as a “normal” person. The Daily Bugle hired him only because he is the only person who can produce quality photographs of Spider-Man.
The Queensboro Bridge
In one breathtaking Spider-Man I scene, the Green Goblin forces Spider-Man to choose between protecting his own Mary Jane and looking out for the citizens of New York. The setting is the striking Queensboro Bridge. The Green Goblin, played by Willem Dafoe, throws Mary Jane off the bridge, distracting Spider-Man from a falling tram full of passengers. After Spider-Man saves both Mary Jane and the tram car, a civilian yells, “You mess with him, you mess with New York!”
Want a closer look at the bridge? The tram in this memorable scene actually exists! Called the Roosevelt Island Tram, it runs from 2nd Avenue along the Queensboro Bridge, all the way to Roosevelt Island. Many have called it “the best view of the city”. While not included on the tour, the tram offers incredible views of various NYC landmarks and is worth a visit!
Peter Parker’s world changes when he gets bitten by a mysterious spider while on a school field trip. The setting is Columbia University, a prestigious school that also happens to be one of the oldest sites in New York City. In Spider-Man, a group of high school students obediently follow their tour guide through Columbia’s Low Memorial Library. Peter, more curious than his classmates, is bitten by one of the specimens in the lab they are visiting. Apparently the event didn’t leave a bad impression on Peter – in the next Spider-Man film, he will become a Columbia student himself.
Though not visited on our tour, Columbia’s Morningside Heights campus is a destination in its own right, featuring beautiful Beaux Arts architecture by McKim, Meade, and White. Stroll through the charming campus, a haven in busy Manhattan that was once home to innumerable illustrious students. With alumni like Alexander Hamilton, Theodore Roosevelt, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Langston Hughes, and more recent graduates like Maggie Gyllenhaal, Julia Stiles, and Amanda Peet, Columbia has years of history within its walls.