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Several popular superheroes have a connection to New York. Several popular superheroes have a connection to New York.
Halloween is still a few weeks away, but New Yorkers will see costumed crowds on the streets a bit sooner – New York Comic Con, the largest pop culture convention on the East Coast and second only to San Diego Comic-Con, is taking place at the Javits Center on October 6-9. Many fans like to dress up for the occasion, and this year's convention will celebrate popular movies, TV shows, video games, and pop culture in general. However, events like these got their start with comic book collectors. A number of iconic comic book heroes have officially or unofficially lived and worked in New York, and we take a look at them and their neighborhoods here.


Superman NYC Superman (Flickr - Julien Noriel)
Some comic book fans describe New York City as Gotham City by night (see below) and Metropolis by day. We don’t know about that, but we can confirm that the Solow Building at 9 West 57th Street made an appearance in the 1978 Superman film (the Man of Steel’s exploits included capturing a criminal scaling the side of the building).

7-West-57th-Street-01 7W57, #14 (The Corcoran Group)
Billionaires' Row condos
Midtown West condos
From the Listing: This luxurious 1,464 square foot, two bedroom and two bathroom residence, with interiors masterfully perfected by Tsao McKown, occupies a full-floor of this newly built boutique Condominium at 7W57with a south-facing terrace spanning the full facade of the building. The sun-flooded Great Room provides captivating city views from the East River to the Hudson River through floor-to-ceiling windows. The adjacent corner dining and stunning Bullthaup kitchen is a jewel - custom designed with beautiful bronze-finished cabinets and white marble countertops. The warmth created in the choice of color as well as display of cabinetry is truly special. See floor plan and full details here.


Batman New York City Batman (Flickr - Marcelus_SK)
New York has also been known as Gotham since Washington Irving gave it the nickname in 1807, but the name truly entered the pop culture zeitgeist when the Batman comics were determined to be set in Gotham City. Decades later, the crime-ridden New York of old still serves as a template for Gotham City in comic books and movies.

146-West-57th-Street-01 Metropolitan Tower, #77/78 (Compass)
Billionaires Row condos
Midtown West condos
From the Listing: Masterfully renovated and designed by Gordon Kahn Associates, this penthouse has an unrivaled entertaining space, with a living room and dining area that stretches 50 feet with floor-to-ceiling windows revealing park views, river views and eastern light. The open-concept kitchen is outfitted with custom Gaggeneau and Miele appliances and Calacatta gold countertops. The southmost dining area can also be configured as a legal bedroom or home office. The upper level is equally as expansive, with 12-foot ceilings, a full laundry room, as well as three gracious bedrooms and three full bathrooms. See floor plan and full details here.


Spider-Man Forest Hills Spider-Man (Flickr - lance8ecnal)
"Your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man" protects all of New York from the city's nastiest villains. However, his alter ego's roots are in Queens – Peter Parker grew up in Forest Hills.

107-02-Queens-Boulevard-01 BLVD, #9E (MNS)
Forest Hills condos
Queens condos
From the Listing: Enter this thoughtful layout and you will notice the oversized windows allowing in plenty of sunshine complemented by the oak flooring and elegant, custom kitchen design. With timeless luxury, this kitchen features custom Linea Decor cabinetry, Bosch appliances with a fully integrated refrigerator and dishwasher, Hinkley lighting and marble counters and backsplash with an exceptional waterfall detail. Your kitchen opens to your living room, where you can enjoy sun and space with your own private balcony, your bedroom is graced with a walk-in closet and to top it off, a large mechanical closet houses your in-unit washer and dryer. See floor plan and full details here.

Captain America

Captain America Brooklyn Captain America (Flickr - Cine Fanatico)
While early comic books mention him as being born on the Lower East Side, Steve Rogers described himself as “just a kid from Brooklyn” in the 2011 Captain America movie. The line stuck so well that one Brooklyn mall installed a statue of the superhero.

75-Poplar-Street-01 75 Poplar Street, #2L (The Corcoran Group)
Brooklyn condos
Brooklyn Heights condos
From the Listing: Situated on picturesque Poplar Street in Brooklyn Heights, this one bedroom plus sleeping loft condo is turnkey. A charming entryway has steps down into a spacious living room with soaring ceilings and new hardwood floors plus gigantic sound-proofed windows that show the beginnings of the Brooklyn Bridge and the Olympia building in ever fashionable DUMBO. The windowed kitchen is roomy enough to eat in and features shaker cabinetry and a Viking gas range. In these new work from home days, the current owners cleverly transformed the spacious bedroom into a large and functional office and created a fun sleeping loft above. See floor plan and full details here.


Daredevil Hell's Kitchen Daredevil (Flickr - Harrison Hill)
Over the past few decades, Hell’s Kitchen has evolved from a gritty neighborhood to a highly desirable one with abundant new residential development. It has also emerged as a destination for Marvel superheroes – Daredevil and Jessica Jones are described as working out of Hell’s Kitchen.

547-West-47th-Street-01 The West, #715 (The Corcoran Group)
Midtown West condos
Hell's Kitchen condos
From the Listing: Residence 715 is a perfectly designed 672-square-foot one-bedroom residence with south exposure, bringing incredible light into the home. The entry foyer leads to the open kitchen featuring Calacatta marble countertops and backsplashes, custom cabinetry with ample storage, and appliances by Miele and Bosch. The loft-like living space leads to the large primary bedroom through sliding cast-glass doors. The stylishly designed en-suite bath features grey terrazzo flooring, pale grey ceramic wall tiles, honed grey marble countertop on custom matte black vanity and matte black fixtures by Rohl. See floor plan and full details here.

Luke Cage

Luke Cage Harlem Luke Cage (Flickr - Jean Veras de Souza)
Daredevil (see above) isn't the only Marvel hero with special ties to a certain New York neighborhood. Luke Cage was born in Harlem and continues to protect his neighborhood in comic books and on television.

300-West-122nd-Street-01 300 West, #PHB (Douglas Elliman)
Upper Manhattan condos
Harlem condos
From the Listing: Introducing residence PH-B at 300 West, a eastern-facing one bedroom, one bathroom, offering a spacious living/dining area that boasts custom White Oak herringbone flooring, central heating and air conditioning, and insulated oversized windows. The living area opens to a full custom kitchen designed by Paris Forino, complete with White Oak cabinetry and Carrara marble countertops and backsplash featuring plenty of dining space. This unique kitchen features a Sub-Zero refrigerator, Wolf oven and gas range, and Cove dishwasher. See floor plan and full details here.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Ninja Turtles NYC Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (Flickr - Manuel Sagra)
As the lore goes, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles acquired their powers through a mysterious ooze in the sewers of New York City. Decades after their debut, their connection to the city is so strong that they were named NYC Family Ambassadors by NYC & Company.

115-Norfolk-Street-01 Norfolk Atrium, #202 (Compass)
Lower East Side condos
LES condos
From the Listing: Residence 202 is the perfect one-bedroom loft offering separate living and dining areas and boasting 9’5’ poured concrete ceilings, floor to ceiling windows, and beautiful white oak hardwood floors. The sleek open kitchen is complete with luxury appliances, custom cabinetry, and a bold black backsplash complimenting the home’s industrial chic interior. Walls of southwest-facing windows flood the king-sized bedroom and living spaces with light. The spacious and modern bathroom features a Zuma soaking tub and a double-wide Duravit sink and vanity. See floor plan and full details here.

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