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.