HBO’s Boardwalk Empire in New York - PHOTOBLOG


By Nicole Stinson

Despite being set in the corrupt and criminal underbelly of Atlantic City, New Jersey, HBO’s Boardwalk Empire film crew has spent a good deal of time in New York.

The successful HBO series has recently announced its fifth and final season. Its Prohibition-era plot is based on the book, Boardwalk Empire: The Birth, High Tides and Corruption of Atlantic City by Nelson Johnson.

With a star-studded production team including Martin Scorsese and Mark Wahlberg, Boardwalk Empire won the Golden Globe for best drama television series and has been nominated for countless Emmys.

From historic Yonkers to Staten Island, take a look at the New York locations where Boardwalk Empire footage was filmed.

Yonkers Train Station

The Yonkers Train Station is featured as the backdrop for a number of episodes in the series. The station, which opened in 1911, was modeled after New York City’s Grand Central Terminal with its vaulted ceiling and tall arched windows.

387 St Paul’s Avenue, Staten Island

This Queen Anne styled mansion of 24 rooms was built in 1886-87. In the series it reoccurs as the home of gangster Albert “Chalky” White.

Sylvan Terrace, Washington Heights

This historic row of 20 houses on Sylvan Terrace was used to film the whorehouse scenes of season one. Located near Manhattan’s oldest house, Morris-Jumel Manison, these wooden structures were built in 1882. They were initially thought to be the servants’ quarters for the mansion. However, it was later revealed that most of the early inhabitants were middle class; quite a difference from the sleazy scenes of Boardwalk Empire.

John’s of 12th Street, East Village

This restaurant was transformed into Whiting’s Pharmacy for Boardwalk Empire and it has also served as the backdrop in a few other scenes.

Commandant’s House, Brooklyn Navy Yard

As the home of leading gangster, Nucky Thompson, the Commandant’s House is a prominent place in the series, with its exterior and interior areas both featured in filming. Built in the early 1800s, this historic three-story house has been privately owned since the Brooklyn Navy Yard’s closure in 1964.

All photos by Nicole Stinson. For more photos in higher resolution, check out the BTR Today Flickr set.