Everything dies baby, that's a fact -- But maybe everything that dies, someday comes back . . . Put your makeup on, fix your hair up pretty and meet me tonight in Atlantic City . . .
-- Bruce Springsteen, "Atlantic City"
There is a huge set-piece in the Greenpoint neighborhood in Brooklyn. It's right on the water, and from a distance it looks a bit like a palace of some kind, or an urban mirage. It is actually the set for Boardwalk Empire, the hugely entertaining tale of Prohibition-era Atlantic City on HBO, which stars Steve Buscemi as Enoch “Nucky” Thompson, who is based on the real life politico and racketeer of the ‘20s, Enoch “Nucky” Johnson.