Arenas like the Jacob Javits Convention Center are ideal for holding Comic Con and meeting some of your favorite heroes from the Marvel Universe. You can put on a custom and fit right in with your fellow Marvel fans, but sometimes, even a large convention center can start feeling a little claustrophobic.
So, where can you go in New York City and still feel a part of the Marvel Universe? Here are some of the top travel spots for Marvel fans.
Dr. Strange’s Sanctum Sanctorum
In the comics and movies, Dr. Stephen Strange owns a townhouse in Greenwich Village—you know, the one with the spectacular skylight? While Google Maps may not always agree the building is a real place, you can visit 177 Bleecker Street. Sometimes the mapping system omits the townhouse, which only adds to its fanciful allure.
Unfortunately, the real building does not have the iconic circular skylight. However, Roy Thomas did call the townhouse home. He was responsible for writing the first Dr. Strange series from 1968 to 1969. He is not the only one associated with the doctor who has a connection to the house. Marvel artist Bill Everett, co-creator of Daredevil, also lived in the house.
Don’t forget to have your picture taken by the home’s address placard so you can show everyone you were at the home of Dr. Strange.
Visit the Iconic Brooklyn Bridge
Even though a visit to Chinatown is always worth the trip, this time, you’re gonna keep going until you reach the infamous Brooklyn Bridge. The iconic bridge is a New York City Landmark, connecting Brooklyn and Manhattan; Spiderman fans may associate it with something else.
In Spiderman Issue #121, the unthinkable occurs on the Brooklyn Bridge. This is where the Green Goblin throws Gwen Stacy off of the bridge. While Spidey manages to use his web-slinging abilities to save her, unfortunately, it causes her to break her neck.
Some comic fans may be a little confused, which is fair—in the comics, the George Washington Bridge is identified by name, but the drawing itself is of the Brooklyn Bridge. After taking a tour of the bridge, stop into the infamous Toy Tokyo to pick up a Marvel souvenir.
Grab a Bite to Eat at Park Avenue Viaduct
Not only can you grab a delicious breakfast, lunch, or dinner at Pershing Square restaurant, but the viaduct is also the scene of a heroic battle in The Avengers—you remember it, it’s the location where The Avengers strike a pose before going into battle. Actually, most of the scenes shot for the Battle of New York are at the Park Avenue Viaduct.
Recreating your hero poses is a little difficult. The viaduct is a two-way street. Since it’s New York City, traffic is always flowing day and night. However, you can duck underneath the viaduct. This is where you find Pershing Square restaurant, which is not only a great place to grab a bite, but they also don’t mind diners taking photographs—don’t forget to tag them on social media!
If you really want to make the experience complete, you can also get a great picture taken at the crosswalk leading to the viaduct on 40th Street.
See Where the Avengers Live
Thankfully, you don’t have to go to the North Pole to see where the Avengers live—the mansion is on the Upper East Side, and it looks just as impressive in real life as in the movies.
Unfortunately for Marvel fans, you can’t take a picture outside of the manor. 70th Street is undergoing repairs and renovations, including in front of the mansions. However, you may be able to get a photo standing on the opposite side of the street.
Along with being home to The Avengers, it’s also known as the Frick Art Museum. This famed museum is open to the public and a visit inside is more than worth the price of admission.
Stop By Peter Parker’s Home
A trip to Queens can sound intimidating, but it’s only a short cab or subway ride. The borough has plenty to offer tourists, including the home of Aunt May and Peter Parker at 20 Ingram Street.
For those of you who still aren’t convinced that this is Spiderman’s house—before the release of the 2002 classic, a family with the last name Parker owned the house, and their neighbors across the street were even the Osbournes. Of course, both families have since sold their properties, but it’s still a fun fact to know!
New York City is a Part of the Marvel Universe
From Manhattan to Queens, NYC has plenty of places for Marvel lovers to feel like they are a part of the universe. As you’re traveling from site to site, don’t forget to stop and see everything else that the city has to offer.
During your travels, try to stop in at a toy shop for a souvenir to take home, and don’t forget to take plenty of pictures throughout.