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Bay Ridge’s special relationship to ‘Saturday Night Fever’

Iconic John Travolta movie premiered 40 years ago

December 12, 2017 By Paula Katinas Brooklyn Daily Eagle
As Bay Ridge marks the 40th anniversary of “Saturday Night Fever,” the owner of the 79th Street home where the fictional Tony Manero lived with his family is putting the dwelling up for sale. Eagle photo by Paula Katinas
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It was the blockbuster hit movie that turned John Travolta into a superstar and put Bay Ridge on the map.

“Saturday Night Fever,” featuring pulsating disco music by the Bee Gees, opened in movie theaters 40 years ago this week.

Bay Ridge, where much of the movie was filmed, is gearing up to celebrate the anniversary in a big way.

The disco that served as the centerpiece of much of the action in the film, 2001 Odyssey Disco Club, will be the site of a 40th anniversary party today.

The disco, located at 802 64th St., is now the Bamboo Garden, an Asian restaurant.

But for one night, it will become a disco again. The party, hosted by Italian television personality Gianluca Mech, will feature live musical performances by disco artists like Carol Douglas and special appearances by “Saturday Night Fever” cast members.

Mech had a white suit similar to the one Travolta wore on-screen custom-made for him to wear at the big bash, according to the New York Post.

An RSVP is required to attend the anniversary party. For more information on the anniversary party, visit

The movie’s soundtrack, featuring songs by the Bee Gees such as “Stayin’ Alive,” “Night Fever” and “How Deep Is Your Love,” was the best-selling album in history until Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” came out in the early 1980s and surpassed it.

“Saturday Night Fever,” which centers on the character Tony Manero and how he displays his dancing talents at the local disco club, was filmed in Bay Ridge and Bensonhurst. Tony’s dancing and his relationships with his buddies help him cope with the harsh reality of his life, including his dead-end job at a paint store.

The movie’s screenplay was based on a 1976 New York magazine article by Nik Cohn called “Tribal Rites of the New Saturday Night.”

Travolta earned an Academy Award nomination for his portrayal of Tony Manero.

The Manero home, where the fictional Tony lived with his family, is a real house, not a movie set.

The dwelling, located at 221 79th St., is up for sale. The asking price, according to the Ben Bay Realty website, is a cool $2.49 million.

“Own a piece of Bay Ridge movie nostalgia,” the real estate listing reads.

The website reported that the five-bedroom house was built in the 1920s and boasts bay windows, a fireplace and a wood mantle-piece in the living room. There is also a gas stove in the master bedroom.

The New York Post interviewed the home’s current owner, Julia Ashirova, who purchased the property in 2005.

While Bay Ridge was the backdrop for most of the movie’s scenes, one memorable scene was actually filmed in Bensonhurst.

The opening sequence in “Saturday Night Fever,” in which Tony is seen strutting along the street and stopping at a pizzeria to buy a slice, was filmed on 86th Street in Bensonhurst


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