Hoboken loves Frank Sinatra. In July, 1998, the city named the park adjacent to Pier A Park in his honor. It is a new park in the mile-square city with a small pier, a soccer field, a waterfront walkway, a café, and a petite amphitheater.
During the summer, the city offers a free concert once a week. Hundreds of Hobokenites attend. They sit at the café or the benches and enjoy quality live music while glimpsing the inspiring New York City skyline.
"This is the park where people go to enjoy the view," said city spokesman Bill Campbell.
The soccer field, which is under renovation, is expected to be completed in the fall, he said. And the Sinatra Park Café offers dinner specials and happy hour during the week.
During a recent visit, Josh Pearson was walking with his girlfriend, Amy Rice. Pearson just moved to Hoboken from Boston and is looking for a job in New York.
"We live a few blocks from here," Pearson said. "I thought this was all just one park."
The couple walked around Sinatra to take in the view and then sat at the café to enjoy some appetizers.
Located on Sinatra Drive between Fourth and Fifth streets, the park is a downtown haven for residents in search of tranquility and tourists looking for a perfect photograph to mail home. Ol' Blue Eyes would've been proud of such a lovely site that is impeccably clean and calm. Sinatra park is truly a formidable place to escape the hustle and bustle of Hoboken.
The next concerts at the park are: Swingadelic on Aug. 14; the Mariacchi Band on Aug. 19; Bucktooth Johnson on Aug. 21; and Skanatra on Aug. 28.
In memory of Sinatra, the city of Hoboken will present the classic film Ocean's 11 on Aug. 18 at Pier A Park at 8:30 p.m.
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"This is the park where people go to enjoy the view." - Bill Campbell