9. The Roosevelt Island Tram was Prominently Featured in a Ride at Universal Studios
One of the most famous movie sequences to have ever taken place in New York City is of King Kong terrorizing Manhattan. Countless spoofs and theme park attractions have derived from the movie, and when Universal Studios opened in 1990, they capitalized on the Kong franchise.
Kongfrontation was a theme park ride in Universal Studios Florida from its opening in 1990 to 2002. During the ride, passengers had to escape from Manhattan to Roosevelt Island to avoid the wrath of King Kong, via the Roosevelt Island Tram.
The ride took passengers along the path of the tramway, over the East River and past the Queensboro Bridge, and showed the carnage King Kong had caused to New York City below. In the 2002 Spiderman film, Spider-Man is forced to choose between saving the passengers on the tram or MJ, who is thrown from the Queensboro Bridge. The tram is also featured in the movie Nighthawks with Sylvester Stallone.