‘Boardwalk Empire’ films at Staten Island’s Historic Richmond Town

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — Historic Richmond Town has been turned into a set for the hit HBO series “Boardwalk Empire” this week.

Boardwalk Empire is filming for its third season, which is due to premiere in the fall. The series is set in Atlantic City during the days of Prohibition.

It focuses on Enoch “Nucky” Thompson, who climbed to power and ran the town in the 1920s and 1930s.

The highly acclaimed series has been nominated for 18 Emmy Awards; winning eight, including Outstanding Directing for Martin Scorsese.

Filming for Boardwalk Empire will continue into April, with most of the filming done in Richmond Town, where several prop buildings are being constructed and hundreds of historical artifacts are being brought in, including classic automobiles and antique weapons to give it an authentic Prohibition-era feeling.

Staten Island has become a favorite filming ground for the series. Last April, several scenes were filmed at the St. Paul’s Avenue home of Dr. Ted and Donna Brown.

Also last year, filming was conducted at New Dorp’s Cedar Grove Beach. Those wintertime shots included a line of vintage cars on the deserted beachfront, which surely echoed the Atlantic City of nearly a century ago.

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