Frank Sinatra: Original Jersey Boy

Apr 01, 2016 824

Poor New Jersey, the runt of the litter.

I can feel you bristling at that, my fellow New Jerseyans. We know there's more to our state than most people think. But too frequently, we are overshadowed by New York City and overlooked by Philadelphia. Just the plain-Jane little sister to our more popular neighbors.

Imagine the young Frank Sinatra, growing up in Hoboken. Not the hip Hoboken of now, where rent is high and you can't find parking anywhere, but the Hoboken of the early 20th century, with its working-class, Italian-American neighborhoods. Not fancy at all.

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