HOBOKEN, NJ – The town of Hoboken unveiled a bronze statue of Frank Sinatra on the Hudson River waterfront on Sunday, which would have been the legendary crooner’s 106th birthday. Sinatra’s daughter, Tina Sinatra, and other dignitaries attended the event.
A secret about the sculpture was revealed on Sunday: Those who look closely will see Sinatra wearing a pinky finger. In fact, Sinatra’s daughter, Tina, sent one of her father’s rings to sculptor Carolyn Palmer to incorporate into the sculpture.
Sinatra, born in 1915, grew up in a house at 415 Monroe St. west of Hoboken.
“When visitors come to take pictures or take their hats off,” Mayor Ravi Bhalla said at the ceremony on Sunday, “I hope this statue inspires them to follow their passion and work hard until they turn their dreams into reality, just like he did. ”
Bhalla noted, “This will not only commemorate him, but also the impact he had on the city of Hoboken, its people and American society.”
If you want to see for yourself
For those who want to see the statue, it’s a seven-block walk north along the waterfront from Hoboken Station. (Map here.) The train station and statue are also within walking distance of another tourist attraction, Carlo’s Bakery, the setting for the “Cake Boss” TV show.
The statue was placed on the waterfront, the city said, with the New York City skyline in the background, reminding viewers of the crooner’s song “New York, New York.”
The city commissioned the bronze sculpture at no cost to taxpayers, using private donations totaling $ 100,000.