By Dan Murphy
The wildly popular and critically acclaimed HBO Miniseries “Boardwalk Empire” recently filmed scenes from its upcoming second season at the Yonkers Train Station in downtown Yonkers.
Set in the 1920’s during prohibition, Boardwalk Empire tells the story of how Atlantic City continued to serve alcohol to its visitors during the booze ban, making it a top destination in the country.
More than 50 extras dressed in the Riverfront Library and walked over to the train station. Classic cars were also brought in to the set.
Why is Boardwalk Empire filming in Yonkers? While HBO remains silent, it’s likely because the Yonkers pier and downtown Yonkers were a landing point for many of the alcohol shipments brought in to serve in New York City during prohibition.
Legendary mobster Dutch Shultz orchestrated the Yonkers holding grounds, with some of it flowing underneath the Saw Mill River into several Yonkers watering holes. Perhaps Boardwalk will introduce Dutch, who had a home in Yonkers, as a new character this fall.
Since Yonkers is currently opening, or daylighting the Saw Mill at Larkin Plaza —which has been channeled underground for nearly a century — we wonder if any old bottles or barrels pop up.
In the weeks to come, Yonkers Rising will attempt to report on this part of Yonkers’ history. Anyone with historical background information, call us at 914-965-4000 or e-mail
Steve Buscemi as Nucky Johnson and Michael Pitt as Jimmy Darmody in a scene from HBO’s “Boardwalk Empire”
Film crew, props and lighting equipment in front of Yonkers Train Station during the “Boardwalk Empire” filming last week
Photo by Joan Jennings