8. Greenpoint

Photo courtesy of HBO. All 5 seasons of Boardwalk Empire are available to stream on HBO NOW and HBO GO.

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 was been abandoned for fourth 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.