5. The Rockaway Boardwalk
Season four of Boardwalk Empire found its way to the Rockaways in Queens. Rockawave reported on two building facades that rose out of the sand on the Rockaway boardwalk following Hurricane Sandy. Using a portion of the boardwalk that had not been damaged by Hurricane Sandy, this served as the entrance to the Onyx nightclub with the assistance of a lighted sign, blue screens and digital effects. In the season four finale, you’ll see a vertical pan from top to bottom of the facade as guests frantically hurry out of the Onyx after the shooting of Maybelle. Here’s an HBO special on the making of the interior sets (elsewhere).