Stan Lee’s fictional superheroes lived in the real New York. Here’s where they lived, and why.

Stan Lee, who died Monday at 95, was born in Manhattan and graduated from DeWitt Clinton High School in the Bronx. His pulp-fiction heroes have come to define much of popular culture in the early 21st century.
Tying Marvel’s stable of pulp-fiction heroes to a real place — New York — served a counterbalance to the sometimes gravity-challenged action and the improbability of the stories. That was just what Stan Lee wanted.
The New York universe hooked readers. And the artists drew what they were familiar with, which made the Marvel universe authentic-looking, down to the water towers atop many of the buildings.
The Avengers Mansion was a Beaux-Arts palace. Fans know it as 890 Fifth Avenue. The Frick Collection, which now occupies the place, uses the address of the front door: 1 East 70th Street.
Peter Parker, aka Spider-Man, was a teenager from Ingram Street in Queens, a real place, with real problems
The Fantastic Four knew their way around the Lower East Side. And Dr. Strange’s Sanctum Sanctorum had a real address in Greenwich Village: 177A Bleecker Street.
Also in the Marvel universe:
-The Museum of Natural History
-The Statue of Liberty
-Grand Central Terminal
-The East River

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