The best New York City spots you can actually visit from Marvel movies and TV shows

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Roosevelt Island (Spider-Man, Avengers: Infinity War)

If you’re ever one of Peter Parker’s girlfriends, avoid bridges. What we’ve learned from countless Spider-Man movies is that if you go onto a bridge with Peter Parker, you run the real risk of almost falling to your death or having your car lost into the Hudson or the East River (depending on where you’re going).

In Spider-Man, there is the iconic scene where Spidey has to rescue Mary Jane on the Ed Koch Queensboro bridge while saving a falling tram. The tram carries passengers between Roosevelt Island and mainland Manhattan — and despite what the Green Goblin did in the movie, it’s actually quite nice to ride.

The tram gives you sweeping views of both Manhattan, Roosevelt Island and Queens as you cross the East River. And if you have extra time when your tram lands, spend some time on Roosevelt Island. Some New Yorkers barely visit the little island, but it’s a quiet slice of life amid the hustle and bustle of the city.

You might have also seen the Web-Slinger zip past this bridge in Avengers: Infinity War as his school bus traveled along the bridge. In the background, you can see the urban buildings and greenery that make up the quaint island.

What you can do:

  • Take the tram to Roosevelt Island and back to get views of the city.
  • Walk along the edges of Roosevelt Island to see Manhattan and Queens from just the right angle. You’ll be able to see the Empire State building and Chrysler building in the same area.
  • Stop by at the tip of the Island to see the Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms Park. From there, you can see the One World Trade Center, and the historic Pepsi Cola sign in Long Island City, Queens.

Location: Roosevelt Island New York, NY

How to get there:  Take the N/R/W train to Lexington Ave/59th Street and walk over to the tram. You can also take the F train to land straight on Roosevelt Island.

Cost: Free!