Frank Sinatra statue in Hoboken draws non-stop traffic from folks looking to snap shots
The Frank Sinatra statue unveiled in Hoboken earlier this month is a hit, drawing non-stop traffic from people looking to grab a photo of "old blue eyes" and the Manhattan skyline.
Sculptor Carolyn Palmer, who spent the COVID lockdown working on it from her Saddle River studio, says she's happy to hear that people are enjoying it.
"I actually sculpted the lamp post and I put an orange glow inside," says Palmer. "His favorite color was orange. He said it was a happy color and it lifted people's spirits. So I really hope this piece lifts people's spirits."
The relationship between Sinatra and Hoboken was complicated, and he was not always the favorite son.
"You know many people love his music but if you start examining his years in Hoboken and how he interacted with people you get a different perspective," says Bob Foster, of the Hoboken Historical Museum.
Foster says some residents resented Sinatra for walking out on his first wife Nancy and leaving her with two kids. He says others resented him for not embracing his hometown more publicly.