Get A Piece Of 'Boardwalk Empire'?

Staten Island commercial bank envisions auction's appeal for fans, collectors


STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. – Given that so many episodes of “Boardwalk Empire” were filmed throughout the borough, an online props auction of items from the show seems like an attention-getter.

Victory State Bank, Staten Island's only community-based business bank, has learned that furniture, set decorations and props are slated to be sold soon in an online auction by a Connecticut gallery.

The story line for the popular HBO series was fictionally based in Atlantic City during Prohibition, but Staten Island was favored by location scouts. The result was that the recognizable actors, vintage cars, signs and artifacts appeared in hometown Island neighborhoods.

The Island wasn't the show's only featured venue, but production took place here so often that it almost seemed so.

Production has ended, and hundreds of artifacts that gave episodes their distinctive character are up for grabs. These mementos from the series will be available to bidders until March 11.

Announcing the auction, gallery owners described the opportunity “to own a piece of Nucky Thompson's world when Black Rock Galleries (BRG) offers items from the sets and production of the series in its online auction ending on Wednesday, March 11 at 7 p.m. eastern time at”

Nucky Thompson was Enoch Malachi "Nucky" Thompson, the fictional character whose portrayal earned Steve Buscemi Best Actor recognition at the 68thGolden Globe Awards in 2011.

Island filming locations have included the Conference House in Tottenville, the former Bechtel brewery owner's house on St. Pauls Avenue in Stapleton, Cedar Grove Beach cottages in New Dorp most of which were subsequently razed by the city before others were destroyed by Superstorm Sandy, Historic Richmond Town, a home on Knox Place near PS 29 in Castleton Corners, and storefronts in Port Richmond.

For the Port Richmond scenes, buses were rerouted between Castleton Avenue and Richmond Terrace, the Staten Island Advance noted at the time.

Auction highlights are reported to include the chair and clock from Nucky's office, the Commodore’s alligator, and notable signage from the boardwalk.

The many lots hitting the auction block also include Prohibition-Era styled liquor crates, carnival game props, decorative items, period garbage pails and even the birthday cake from Nucky's big birthday bash, the gallery says.

"When the 'Boardwalk Empire' production team approached us, we were astounded at the sheer quantity of items available. It has taken us months to inventory, photograph and prepare these items for our online auction, all while our customers have been anxiously awaiting the date," explains Grant Panarese, managing director and co-owner of BRG, in a press release.

"We're offering this collection through our new online auction platform at"

The procedure for the auction is that bidders need to register at and place their bid(s). Bidders worldwide can have their chance to own a piece of the “Empire.”

The auction is to end at 7 p.m. eastern time on Wednesday, March 11. However, to ensure that all bidders have a fair chance on any given lot, last-minute bids will postpone the closing time for any respective lot by five minutes, the auctioneers' announcement says.

The “Boardwalk” show first aired in 2009 and lasted five seasons. The final episode was broadcast Sept. 7, 2014.

BRG's website contains several pages with an abundance of photos that the show's fans might find familiar. In all, the site says 409 items are being offered.

Black Rock Galleries’ founders Grant Panarese and Christie Spooner began what would become their business after almost 20 years in antiques, auction and consignment sales. What started in 2010 as Bridgeport Salvage Co. in the Mill Hill section of Bridgeport expanded into a consignment shop, auction and estate sale services, and appraisals.

BRG is located at 1720 Fairfield Ave., with access from I-95 (exit 25) and is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. It can be contacted or by calling the antiques center at (203) 335-0000 or the auction house at 203-335-4444.


About Victory State Bank

VSB Bancorp, Inc. (OTCQX: VSBN) is the one-bank holding company for Victory State Bank. As Staten Island, N.Y.’s only community-based commercial bank, Victory State Bank operates five full-service locations on the Island: The main office is in the community of Great Kills, and branches are in the communities of West Brighton, St. George, Dongan Hills and Rosebank. For additional information, Victory State Bank may be reached at 718-979-1100 or visited online at


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