In the novel The Ice Storm, Rick Moody writes "And sometimes Paul himself was Ben Grimm, and sometimes he was Peter Parker, a.k.a. the Spider-Man" Coincidentally, Tobey Maguire plays both Paul and Peter Parker in the film versions.
The song that Paul and Wendy are listening to in her bedroom - "I Got a Name" by Jim Croce - was released on September 20, 1973, the very day that Jim Croce was killed in the crash of a small plane in Louisiana.
When asked to say grace, Christina Ricci goes into a tirade about the cruelty that is celebrated as Thanksgiving. She makes a similar speech when Wednesday, her character in Addams Family Values (1993), hijacks the camp Thanksgiving pageant. Both movies star Ricci and David Krumholtz.
At the time the story takes place, the NY MTA had existed since 1967 but the railroad in the film was operated by Penn Central. In 1983 operation was taken over by Metro North Commuter Railroad, in 2016 it is known as simply Metro North Railroad.