TriBeCa Block Goes Back in Time for 'Boardwalk Empire' Shoot

By Julie Shapiro on June 6, 2011 12:39pm 

By Julie Shapiro

DNAinfo Reporter/Producer

TRIBECA — A dark alley on the edge of TriBeCa went back in time over the weekend to become a set for the popular HBO show "Boardwalk Empire."

Crews hung reams of laundry from new clotheslines crisscrossing Cortlandt Alley between White and Walker streets, producing a tableau that was once ubiquitous in lower Manhattan.

"It's brilliant," said David Sierra, 23, a Queens resident, who stopped to get a closer look Monday morning. "It's like looking into the past. Maybe you could see this in some parts of Brooklyn, but not in Manhattan anymore."

Many passersby stopped to stare and take pictures of the layers of 1920s garments flapping in the Monday morning breeze.

Danna Redding, 40, a former TriBeCa resident who now lives in the Virgin Islands, said the workers had done a good job recreating the period.

"All of a sudden I thought: 1920s," she said. "Anything about New York and the history of New York is really interesting — as long as they do it right."

"Boardwalk Empire" is actually set in Atlantic City during Prohibition.

But the show, which stars Steve Buscemi and counts Martin Scorsese as a producer, has long been filming in New York. "Boardwalk Empire" recreated a period boardwalk in Greenpoint rather than filming on the Jersey Shore and frequently shoots around the city.

Workers at Cortlandt Alley Monday morning said "Boardwalk Empire" planned to film there on Tuesday and they would spend the rest of Monday getting ready.

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