New-York : the must-see places from Boardwalk Empire

Although action began in the 1920s in Atlantic City, it was fun to find the Big Apple when Nucky Thompson expanded its network of illegal alcohol trafficking. In addition to his illegal activities, following Nucky in his private life is one of the highlights of the series. Here are the must-see places in New York.

Nucky Thompson’s house

This three-story mansion, known as the Commandant’s House, used to belong to the Brooklyn Navy Yard.  Built in 1805 it has been in private ownership since the Navy Yard was decommissioned in 1964.  It’s here that Nucky Thompson (Steve Buscemi) lives.

Commodore Louis Kuehnle’s house

The very classy barrack of the 7th National Guard Regiment dates from 1880 and was originally destined to be a gentlemen's club as well as a military building.  Today, it’s a locale for artistic creation where you can enjoy a variety of contemporary performances. The veterans’ hall serves as the set for Commodore Louis Kuehnle’s (Adney Coleman) house interior during the first two seasons.

Albert White’s house

The house of the gangster Albert “Chalky” White (Michael Kenneth Williams) is a beautiful 24-room mansion.  It was built in 1886-1887 by a rich brewer as a wedding present to his daughter.

Lolly Steinman’s Casino

The casino of Lolly Steinman (Danny Burstein) is located in the magnificent Montauk Club building, a private club founded in 1889.  The American presidents Eisenhower and Kennedy were both members. The building architect, Francis H. Kimball, took his inspiration from the palaces bordering the Grand Canal in Venice in order to create this building completed in 1891.  As the area changes, so the building has changed its function. The top floors were sold to be made into apartments and those lower down rented out as offices. However, the club does still exist.

The National Arts Club

Established since 1906 in this manor house having belonged to the former governor of New York, Samuel Tilden, the role of the National Arts Club is to foster all forms of the arts and has included as eminent members the likes of presidents Roosevelt, Wilson and Eisenhower.  The interior scenes of the Union Club where Andrew W. Mellon (James Cromwell) and Nucky Thompson met in season 3 were filmed here.

John's of 12th Street

This popular Italian restaurant open since 1908 was used as the rendezvous spot for Joe “the boss” Masseria (Ivo Nandi) and Charles “Lucky” Luciano (Vincent Piazza) in  episode 7. Rather well thought out, as during the prohibition the establishment had converted the upper floors into a speakeasy.  They served alcohol in coffee cups.

Sylvan Terrace

This row of twenty homes was used for the brothel scenes in the first season.  Located near the Morris-Jumel manor, the oldest residence in New York, these wooden structures were built in 1882.

Fresh Pond Crematory

The first crematorium in New York, in service since 1884, is located in this beautiful neoclassical building.  The beaux-arts chapel and the family reception area were logically used to film a funeral scene.

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