On Saturday at 6 p.m., Sinatra and his wife, Nancy Barbato, will be honored in Hoboken with a bronze statue that will be unveiled at Sinatra Park. Originally called Hoboken Hotties Park, it will be called The Sinatra statue and paid for with money raised by both the Hoboken Historical Society and the Sinatra Institute, which is operated by the Joseph J. Rubin Foundation.
The statue is more than three years in the making. In 2012, art conservator Thomas Prior began working with Friends of Sinatra Park, a group of local Hoboken musicians, on the first version of the statue. A park ranger then took note of a post that the Friends had sent out with a video of Sinatra playing in Hoboken. The ranger then recommended to the Sinatra Institute that they create the statue.
Since then, the museum has been working with Capital Contracting and Accurate Sculpture and a team of artists, sculptors and fabricators to bring the statue to reality. It includes collages of photographs to tell the story of the marriage between Nancy and Frank.
The unveiling ceremony is free and open to the public, but space is limited. All are welcome to come out to Hoboken Sinatra Park and watch a ribbon cutting ceremony with Frank Sinatra and his daughter Tina Sinatra Sinatra, one of his children. The sculpture unveiling, with music and refreshments, will be followed by a reception at the UO Global Hub.
Sinatra Park is located at 648 Sinatra Drive.