Update: ‘Boardwalk Empire’ filming Buscemi, others in woods

09/12/2011 11:50 AM |

VERA CHINESE PHOTO | The entrance to the 'Boardwalk Empire' set off Sound Avenue.

Local viewers watching the season 2 finale of HBO’s “Boardwalk Empire” might catch some familiar sights in the background.

That’s because the hit show is filming scenes for the episode right here in Riverhead Town, an HBO spokesperson said.

The episode will air in December.

Steve Buscemi, who plays the show’s star Enoch “Nucky” Thompson, Anthony Laciura better known as Nucky’s trusted butler Eddie, Victor Verhaeghe, who plays Ward Boss Fleming and Kevin O’Rourke who plays Mayor Edward Bader, were all on set Monday, HBO confirmed.

The scene is of a meeting in a farm field that is supposed to take place in New Jersey.

The film blog On Location Vacations, which posts daily lists of where popular movies and television shows are filming, noted the series is shooting near Oak Drive and Sound Avenue.

Signs directing cast and crew members toward the set could be seen posted at a farm on the south side of Sound Avenue just west of where Baiting Hollow hamlet begins. There, vans and trucks were directed down a long dirt road Monday morning to a location obstructed from view near the road. A Riverhead Town Police officer could be seen stationed near the entrance.

Almost directly across the street, at the Baiting Hollow Scout Camp, signs directed the crew to catering.

The shoot was scheduled to start last Tuesday, according to the agreement Riverhead Town Supervisor Sean Walter signed last week with Bootleg Productions, but it was delayed due to rain.

Also, previous reports incorrectly stated the shoot was to take place on the Lewin Farms property in Wading River.

The town will be paid $156 per hour for use of police personnel as security on the set and $10 per hour for use of a police vehicle, for a sum total of $2,823, the town’s agreement with Bootleg reads.

“Boardwalk Empire,” nominated for 18 Emmy Awards, including best drama series, is about government corruption during the beginning of prohibition in Atlantic City in the 1920s.

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