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Tony Fitzpatrick, The Atlantic City Moth, 2011

by Tony Fitzpatrick

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.


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