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New York States of Mind

New York romance on film -- ''Saturday Night Fever,'' ''Working Girl,'' and other films feature class-jumping love

As a rich Manhattanite in Queens Logic, Jamie Lee Curtis is hot for fishmonger Joe Mantegna because he's from the other side of the river — and the wrong side of the tracks. Mantegna is equally intrigued by Curtis' pedigree. Their recipe for love — take one outer-borough boor, add one New York City sophisticate, and mix it up — echoes the class-conscious romances in these other Gotham tales:

SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER (1977)
Tony Manero (John Travolta) is king of the Brooklyn discos, but the Manhattan life-style of dance partner Stephanie (Karen Lynn Gorney) sets him yearning for a better life across the bay.

WORKING GIRL (1988)
Secretary Tess McGill (Melanie Griffith) escapes her dreary Staten Island life by nabbing a plumb job and a bigwig beau on Wall Street.

SOMEONE TO WATCH OVER ME (1987)
A married Queens cop (Tom Berenger) gets a case of penthouse envy when he's assigned to protect a Fifth Avenue socialite (Mimi Rogers) who has witnessed a murder.

CROSSING DELANCEY (1988)
In this intra-borough romance Upper-West-Sider Izzy Grossman (Amy Irving) surrenders to the charm of a Lower-East-Side pickle merchant (Peter Riegert). It's one of the movies' few Manhattan matchups where happiness equals downward mobility.

Originally posted Mar 01, 1991 Published in issue #55 Mar 01, 1991 Order article reprints