New York Film Locations

Working Girl (1988)

Last Updated: April 2019

Tess McGill (Melanie Griffith) is a hard working young woman who is determined to reach the top of the stockmarket world by hard work but as she turns 30 she is stuck in secretarial work so when she starts working for Katherine Parker (Sigourney Weaver) she is glad that Katherine is willing to accept input and ideas from her. However when Katherine goes on holiday and breaks her leg she asks Tess to look after things and this causes Tess to discover that Katherine is going to pinch her big idea that would save a large company from a a foreign takeover. Enraged that her boyfriend, Mike (Alec Baldwin) is also cheating on her, Tess sets out to do a deal by using her idea herself while Katherine is away. She teams up with Jack Trainer (Harrison Ford) to close the deal before Katherine's return and the two slowly fall in love little knowing that Jack is Katherine's boyfriend.

Staten Island Ferry, New York Harbour.


otsoNY Comments: Tess's workplace was made up of no fewer than four separate locations. The elevator lobby scenes was shot in the original 7 World Trade Center, with the red Calder sculpture visible through the glass doors. This building was tragically destroyed on 11th September 2001. The huge secretarial pool was a set constructed on the 21st floor of 1 State Street Plaza just across Water Street. A couple of blocks east, the trading floor was that of the LF Rothschild Company at 55 Water Street, while further north in the Financial District, the club room was filmed at the Midday Club at 60 Pine Street.

Lobby Entrance, 7 World Trade Center, Vesey Street, Manhattan.


Offices, 1 New York Plaza, Water Street and Broad Street, Manhattan.


Offices, 55 Water Street and Old Slip, Manhattan.


Vesey Street and West Street, Manhattan.


Katherine's Brownstone, 80 Irving Place and East 19th Street, Manhattan.


Apartment, 506 Richmond Terrace and York Avenue, Staten Island.


South Street Seaport, East River (Near 19 Fulton Street) Manhattan.

otsoNY Comments: South Street Seaport near the East River has since been rebuilt.


Ocean Yacht Club, 370 Front Street, Staten Island, New York.


5th Avenue and East 91st Street, Manhattan.


Carnegie Hill Mansion, 2 East 91st Street and 5th Avenue, Manhattan.


otsoNY Comments: Though Tess and Jack are seen in the previous shot entering the wedding reception at 2 East 91st Street, the actual interior shots were done across the street at number 1, a building recognisably for its appearances in "A Perfect Murder", "The Anderson Tapes", and "The Amazing Spider-Man 2".

(Interior) 1 East 91st Street and 5th Avenue, Manhattan.


Trask Offices, Alexander Hamilton Custom House, 1 Bowling Green, Manhattan.


Laundrette, 373 3rd Avenue and East 27th Street, Manhattan.

otsoNY Comments: 373 on 3rd Avenue is now a tanning salon.


Downtown Manhattan Heliport, Pier 17, Manhattan.


Katherine's Brownstone, 80 Irving Place and East 19th Street, Manhattan.


St. Stanislaus Kostka, 109 York Avenue and Carlyle Street, Staten Island.


Tess's New Office, 28 Liberty Plaza and William Street, Manhattan.



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