So, they're back in our nabe filming: “Boardwalk Empire,” starring Steve Buscemi.
"Boardwalk Empire" is an HBO series that debuted September 2010 by Terence Winter, Emmy Award-winning writer of “The Sopranos,” and Academy Award-winning director Martin Scorsese.
It's no longer uncommon to see this crew hanging out in our neighborhood, as they've been filming in and around Bed-Stuy, off and on, for more than a year now-- the first time being at the John Wesley United Methodist Church on Nostrand Ave.
The crew set up shop three days ago at 375 Stuyvesant Avenue between MacDonough and Decatur streets, filming inside of the building that houses the Freebrook Academy and the Brooklyn Movement Center.
According to staff inside of the building, this is the third time it has used this location this year. The crew spends two days in advance setting up before filming. They have converted the entire first floor of the building to resemble a brothel, complete with a full-scale bar, piano and old wooden tables complete with ashtrays and cigarette butts.
The crew is filming an episode for its fourth season, involving two mob families during Prohibition-era America, one being of the infamous Al Capone's.
Obviously, they love and have chosen Bed-Stuy for its early 1900s brownstones and turn-of-the-century architecture that in so many ways fits perfectly with the 1920s backdrop.
The costuming, set designs, props and location styling, really do take you back to the feeling Bed-Stuy from back-in-the-day. In this case, the production crew had at least a dozen vintage cars, circa 1925-1930 lining Stuyvesant Ave. Unfortunately, however, these scenes are set in Chicago, not Brooklyn.
Enjoy the photos.