If you want to get off the standard museum path, our latest favorite is the NYC Fire Museum. Located in a stunning 1904 Beaux-Arts firehouse next to one of those ubiquitous stacked parking lots on Spring Street, what’s inside is even more impressive. The collection tells the story of the fire department from the colonial Dutch days to now, covering the evolution from volunteer to paid municipal departments, with a permanent 9/11 Memorial as well. (more…)
Why not plot out all of the addresses mentioned in the first season of Law and Order? This map by Brooklyn-based artist Dorothy Gambrell of Very Small Array lets you pretend just a little more that the show is real, that Detective Logan is scampering up and down Manhattan searching for clues.
Yesterday we rounded up Boardwalk Empire‘s filming locations in Brooklyn, where much of the series has been filmed. Today we’re showing you some of the places in Manhattan, Queens and Staten Island that served as the backdrop for the show’s action.
According to the New York Post, this East Village restaurant was Joe the Boss and Lucky’s meeting place in the 7th episode of the current season. It was also turned into Whiting’s Pharmacy for a day this June. Aside from serving as the set of Boardwalk Empire, John’s of 12th Street is a popular Italian Restaurant. It converted its top floors into a speakeasy during Prohibition, serving alcohol in espresso cups. Patrons are said to have included some of the characters depicted on Boardwalk Empire. In fact, the restaurant attracted a lot of mob types. Perhaps it was the appeal of the original tile floors (which remain intact today) or the immense wax candelabra at the back of the restaurant. (more…)
For a show based in Atlantic City, Boardwalk Empire sure spends a lot of time in New York City. This might be due to the prevalence of mob life on the show, or perhaps the 15% tax breaks offered by the state. Whatever the reason may be, we at Untapped Cities were glad to make this list of some of our favorite locations in Brooklyn, where much of the series was filmed. See also our piece on Boardwalk Empire‘s film locations in Manhattan, Queens and Staten Island!
The Empire State Building sometimes gets in the shot and must be digitally erased. Image source: Bryn Alexandra.
The boardwalk featured in the show is actually an enormous set constructed on an empty lot in Greenpoint, Brooklyn that has been the backdrop for everything from daily greetings to explosions. It is modeled after the 1920s version of the boardwalk in Atlantic City. Every single storefront (including the Ritz-Carlton Hotel) has been recreated and there is a large blue CGI screen covering one side of the parking lot that is used to simulate the ocean. Initially placed here because of the greater tax breaks offered in the state of New York, the set on the corner of Commercial and Clay Streets has been abandoned for this season. According to Greenpointers, the lot will be turned into a condominium complex in the coming years.
The actual boardwalk in Atlantic City was hit hard by Hurricane Sandy last year. (more…)