A terrorist flirted with her; a murderer stuck his tongue out at her; and a victim whose face was slashed shared with her the heart-stopping details of her attack – it’s all in a day’s work for courtroom artist Christine Cornell who has spent decades in the courtroom with her canvas and pastels drawing some of the biggest criminal trials in our country’s history.
Cornell, a Weehawken resident, has been drawing trials since the 1970s and images from her portfolio are sought after by documentary filmmakers like Ken Burns who features 30 Cornell drawings in his new film “The Central Park Five” which recently aired on PBS about the five young men convicted and later found not guilty of the rape attack of the “Central Park Jogger”. Just last week CNN contacted Cornell for a documentary on the 1980 murder of Beatles’ singer/songwriter John Lennon. They wanted to purchase the drawing Cornell did of gunman Mark David Chapman at his arraignment clutching the book “Catcher in the Rye”.
Who knew – or remembered – that Frank Sinatra owned a stunning New York penthouse that was way ahead of its time? Judging by his other glamorous digs over the years, his only-the-best-will-do taste and flair for the dramatic certainly shows in this co-op where he lived while his short term marriage to Mia Farrow played out.
Frank and pixie-faced Mia met on the set of Sinatra’s film Von Ryan’s Express in 1965. They were married in 1966; lived in this stunning glass-walled penthouse in New York and were divorced by 1968. When Mia’s movie Rosemary’s Baby production time ran over and she refused to quit the film to be in Sinatra’s film The Detective, The mega-star was very upset which began the break in their marriage. Sinatra, handed Farrow her the divorce papers in front of her cast and crew of Rosemary’s Baby.
If you love to entertain, this is the place for it. The 18’ ceilings with glass walls overlooking the river add drama and setting while you tell your guests that Ol’ Blue Eyes designed the space when it was under construction in 1961, and how his pal Sammy Davis Jr. enjoyed tossing champagne glasses down on FDR Drive from the apartment’s terraces. With a modernization undertaken by the current owner after she bought it in 2008, the 3,200 square foot apartment has 4 bedrooms, 6 baths and an additional 2,000 square feet in two wrap-around terraces overlooking the East River.
Frank Sinatra is one of the first all round superstars of the entertainment business. A singer, actor, director and producer par excellence.
But in Hudson County-He’s it!!
Although Frank Sinatra died over 11 years ago, his legend, and music and escapades as an entertainer on and off the stage and screen live on. Especially in Hudson County where stories about the boy from Hoboken are passed down from parents to children. In Hudson County we love Frank Sinatra .Everyone has a Sinatra story – it really is -Six degrees of Frank Sinatra here. You hear things like “Frank was at my mother’s wedding,” or “they say he use to ride the streets of Hoboken late at night in his limo, remembering the good old days. And there isn’t a restaurant in Hudson County that doesn’t have some kind of photo of Frank. Yep, In Hudson County we love Frank- here is a bio on Hudson County’s favorite son.
Francis Albert Sinatra was born on December 12, 1915 in Hoboken, New Jersey. Frank Sinatra’s father was a firefighter and amateur boxer named Martin Anthony Sinatra while his mother, Natalie Sinatra had political aspirations. Over the next eighty years Frank Sinatra was a singer, actor, director and producer who entertained generation after generation all over the world. Continue reading Hudson County’s Favorite Son-Frank Sinatra→
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