In the 1920s, during the Prohibition Era, tourism was at its peak in Atlantic City. This is often times known as the Golden Age of Atlantic City by many historians. During this time, racketeer and political boss Enoch L. Nucky Johnson rose to power. He allowed for illegal liquor sales, gambling and prostitution to take place in Atlantic City, getting a cut from the liquor sales. It is Nucky Johnson that HBO got the idea for it's hit series Boardwalk Empire which fantasizes the idea of Johnson being a sort of gangster in Atlantic City. Although in the HBO series Nucky Johnson's name is changed to Nucky Thompson.
The Atlantic City Boardwalk was the first boardwalk in the United States which opened on June 26, 1870. It is Atlantic City that the famous board game Monopoly is modeled after. The Boardwalk starts at Absecon Inlet in the north and runs along the beach south west to the city limits and then continues another mile and a half into Ventnor City. In October 2012, Hurricane Sandy destroyed the northern part of the boardwalk but the oceanfront in front of the Atlantic City Casinos was undamaged by the storm.