Spider-Man is being honored by the city of New York. The week prior to Spider-Man 3′s release has been officially declared Spider-Man Week by City Hall. His hometown has been the setting for four decades of classic adventures, including two hit movies and games on everything from the DS to the Xbox 360. His popularity has made him an unofficial goodwill ambassador & mascot for New York. The city’s going to pay back the nerdy kid from Forest Hills who taught generations that “with great power comes great responsibility” with these events.
- The American Museum of Natural History (Central Park West & 79th St.) has the largest spider collection in the world. For “Spider-Man Week” they’re breaking them out. A special theater exhibit will introduce you to a dozen of the most unusual arachnids. They’ll also have a spider origami class. Spider-Man will be there for the kids on May 1 (Tuesday), from 10:30am-12:30pm. The exhibit runs for the whole week, from 10am-5:45pm.
- At the New York Public Library, “The Ultimate Spider-Man Collection” will be on display. Check out original Spider-Man comics and art spanning four decades. Tues-Wed, 11am-7:30pm; Thurs-Sat, 10am-6pm; Sun, 1-5pm.
- The Central Park Zoo and Bronx Zoo will both be hosting kid-friendly Spider-Man events. They’ll have scavenger hunts and hidden surprises. Both zoos will have events daily, from 10am-4:30pm.
- The Toys ‘R’ Us in Times Square (Broadway & 44th) will have a “Make Your Own Spidey Mask” event from 3:30 to 5:30 all week.
- School kids get a treat on the movie’s opening day. On May 4th, a healthy Spider-Man pizza will be served to 160,000 kids in 250 middle schools.
- On May 6th (Sunday), the Apollo Theater hosts a poetry slam open to residents of all 5 boros. The theme is Spider-Man and his adventures; write the winning rap and you’ll take home a Sony Bravia TV. The Apollo’s address is 253 W. 125th St, at Frederick Douglass Blvd.