Spider-Man Week takes over NYC

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the top 50 marvel comics covers of 2006 20060921000059967 Spider Man Week takes over NYC Despite being a failure compared to Manga, Spider-Man will be the focus of a week of activities and displays throughout all five boroughs of New York City, says the NY Daily News. Check out all the events in the jump, because some of them look interesting,like an exhibition on spiders at the Museum of Natural History and a show of old comics and artwork at the New York Public Library. This sounds like the biggest civic display of comics-related materials in…well, since we’ve been doing this anyway.

What’s red and blue and will be all over New York next month?

Your friendly neighborhood wall-crawler! From April 30 to May 6, the city will be host to Spider-Man Week in NYC, a five-borough-wide celebration encompassing more than two-dozen live events, screenings, parties and exhibits. It’s all part of honoring the city that has been central to the Marvel Comics legend since his beginning in 1962 and right through the new “Spider-Man 3,” opening May 4.

“Because New York City is Spider-Man’s hometown, we wanted to find a way to make the launch of the summer moviegoing season, and ‘Spider-Man 3,’ really special for the city and its people,” said Jeff Blake, vice chairman of Sony Pictures Entertainment, which is working with the city’s marketing and tourism arm, NYC & Company. “We want residents, businesses and visitors in every borough to enjoy Spider-Man’s homecoming in a special way.”


NBC’s “Today” show (www.thetodayshow.com)

On Monday, April 30, from 7-10 a.m., the “Today” show welcomes Tobey Maguire and the cast of “Spider-Man 3″ for a kickoff celebration. Outside the broadcast booth in Rockefeller Center will be a carnival, “web-slinger showdowns” and giveaways!

American Museum of Natural History (Central Park West at 79th St.; www.amnh.org)

The upper West Side favorite is host to the largest spider collection in the world, and during “Spider-Man Week in NYC” the museum’s Dr. Norm Platnick will install a special spider exhibit featuring a dozen of the most unusual arachnids you’ve ever seen! There’ll also be spider origami projects, discussions, and Q&A’s. And on Tuesday, May 1, from 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., come say hi to Spider-Man himself! Daily, 10 a.m.-5:45 p.m.

The Bronx Zoo (Fordham Road and Bronx River Parkway; www.Bronxzoo.com)

The ultimate scavenger hunt is on during “Spidey Goes Wild Week,” as clues will be scattered throughout the grounds leading to different “Spider-Man 3″-themed locations! Complete the entire hunt and receive a prize. Daily 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Central Park Zoo (64th St. and Fifth Ave.; www.nyzoosandaquarium.com)

Kids can explore the rainforest, antarctic habitat and snake houses to find hidden “Spider-Man 3″ surprises. Plus, there’ll be daily “spidey chats” with the zoo’s staff and interactive “Spidey Theater” performances. Daily, 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

The New York Public Library (Fifth Ave. and 42nd St.; www.nypl.org)

The site of a crucial scene in the first “Spider-Man” now hosts “The Ultimate Spider-Man Comic Book Collection.” See never-before-displayed original comics from the vaults, and vibrant art from four decades of adventures. Tues.-Wed. 11 a.m.-7:30 p.m.; Thurs.-Sat. 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sun. 1-5 p.m.

Toys “R” Us (1514 Broadway, at 44th St.; www.toysrustimessquare.com)

Think it’s easy to see through that mask? Try it yourself with “Make Your Own Spidey Mask” at the Times Square Toys “R” Us. Mon.-Sun. 3:30-5:30 p.m.

Peter Parker Pizza Celebration

On May 4, the Dept. of Education hosts a special event as the city’s official executive chef, Jorge Collazo, cooks up a healthful Spidey pizza to be served in 250 middle schools in the five boroughs. Peter Parker was briefly a pizza delivery boy in “Spider-Man 2,” but now some 160,000 kids can eat like heroes.

It’s a rap: Closing night celebration at the Apollo Theater (253 W. 125th St., at Frederick Douglass Blvd.; www.apollotheater.com)

On Sunday, May 6, urban poets from the five boroughs will compose original raps about Spidey and his adventures. The winner takes home a Sony Bravia TV.

Comments

  1. Patrick says:

    That’s going to be the weirdest urban poetry slam ever… and urban poetry slams are already kind of weird.

    I dunno how actual New Yorkers are going to feel about this — certainly I could understand any frustration at having parts your city hijacked to promote a movie — but it’s something I think I’d enjoy. Sounds neat enough to me.

  2. To be fair, the Today Show did dedicate two whole weeks to Naruto last month. Plus, even though Matt Lauer has never dressed up and Spider-Man, he did dress up as Sailor Moon quite a bit.

  3. “What’s red and blue and will be all over New York next month?”

    not the Spiderman from the movie, cuz he’s gonna be in the black suit.

    D’oh!

  4. sroman says:

    I’m just pissed because, while I see things listed for Manhattan, Brooklyn, and the Bronx, I don’t see any events scheduled for Queens. Peter Parker’s HOME BOROUGH, y’know. Where his old Forest Hills home is.

    Guess we’re not “cool” enough to be recognized.

  5. “healthful”

    This is a word?

    Eat At Joe’s Pizza! It’s Full Of Health And Some Hair!

    I’m going to Pizza Yurt.

    …I am sort of jealous, though. And I wish I had a passport/lots of money/wasn’t deathly afraid of flying. Spider-Man Week sounds ACE.

    //Oo/\

  6. “Healthful” is actually the correct usage. People are “healthy”; things that contribute to their health are “healthful.”

    Jackie Estrada
    (book editor of 38 years)

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