HAMMONTON - "Boardwalk Empire" fans and Atlantic City history buffs can meet author Nelson Johnson and Tyrone L. Hart, the cover illustrator of Johnson's second book, "The Northside," at this week's Third Thursday event in Hammonton.

Johnson lives in Hammonton, while Hart, a self-taught artist who grew up in Atlantic City and specializes in scenes of the historically black Northside area, lives in Pleasantville.

It's the second year that MainStreet Hammonton has hosted a "Bellevue Empire" night, said MainStreet Hammonton Executive Director Cassie Iacovelli. Downtown Hammonton stores, art galleries and restaurants will take on a 1920s theme as they embrace Atlantic City history, Iacovelli said.

Third Thursday organizer Leah Rodio said Annata Wine Bar on Bellevue Avenue and Rocco's Town House on North Third Street are having 1920s dress-up night with speakeasy specials.

Rodio said many businesses downtown are linking sales and specials to the1920s and prohibition themes. There will be some casino-type games downtown. Her clothing boutique, GorJess&LoveLee, is having a restricted sale for everyone who knows the "secret" password, "Nucky Thompson sent me," she said, using the name from the TV show rather than the actual Nucky Johnson.

There will also be 1920s entertainment throughout town, including live music in several venues and free swing dancing lessons from CF Star Entertainment outside the Hammonton Arts Center.

At the reception for Hart at Casciano Coffee Bar & Sweetery, resort memorabilia collectors and Hammonton residents Alex DeStefano and Dorothy Orlandini will share their collections of historic Atlantic City postcards and other memorabilia. Orlandini is the longtime owner of the 60-year-old Inferrera's Market in Hammonton.

Johnson's book was the inspiration behind the HBO's "Boardwalk Empire," an Emmy-nominated series starring Steve Buscemi.

Contact Michelle Brunetti Post:

609-272-7219

If you go

The opening reception for Pleasantville artist Tyrone L. Hart's art exhibit is set for 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday at Casciano Coffee Bar

& Sweetery, 212 Bellevue Ave., Hammonton. Call 609-561-2600.

Nelson Johnson discusses "Boardwalk Empire: The Birth, High Times and Corruption of Atlantic City," 6 p.m. Thursday at The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey's Kramer Hall, 30 Front St., Hammonton. Conversation and question-and-answer session.

Call Kramer Hall at 609-626-3837.