New York, New York: Sinatra's NYC Penthouse for Sale
In the 1960s, Frank Sinatra was at the top of his show business career. He was a good friend of John Kennedy, supervising much of the President's 1961 inauguration festivities, and partied with his Rat Pack friends Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr., Peter Lawford and Joey Bishop. Frank was the biggest name in Las Vegas where he regularly sold out the Sands' Copa Room. He was a movie star in "Von Ryan's Express," "The Manchurian Candidate" and "Oceans 11." Still in the 1960s, Frank started his own record company, won an Emmy for his TV special "Frank Sinatra: A Man and His Music" and a Grammy for his song, "Strangers in the Night." Frank recorded several more 1960's hit records, including "My Way," "That's Life," "It Was a Very Good Year" and a duo with daughter Nancy, "Somethin' Stupid," that went to #1 in both the United States and England.
In his spare time, Frank also did quite a bit of design work on the New York penthouse where he lived with Mia Farrow. Frank and pixie-faced Mia met on the set of "Von Ryan's Express" in 1965. They were married in 1966, lived in their stunning Manhattan glass-walled penthouse 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," Frank handed Mia divorce papers in front of her movie cast crew.
According to the apartment's listing agent, Frank was very active in the penthouse design when it was under construction in 1961 on Manhattan's Upper East Side. How his pal, Sammy Davis Jr., enjoyed tossing champagne glasses down on FDR Drive from the apartment's terraces! Frank loved to entertain his wide circle of friends that ranged from presidents, royalty and Hollywood's biggest stars to religious leaders and mobsters. His New York penthouse was designed for parties and socializing with 18-foot ceilings and glass walls overlooking the city and East River. During the eleven years Frank owned the home, it was a known swinging party place that welcomed not only his Rat Pack gang but also the likes of President Kennedy, Andy Warhol and Marilyn Monroe.
With a modernization undertaken by the current owner after she bought it in 2008, the 3,200-square-foot apartment has four bedrooms, six baths and an additional 2,000 square feet in two wrap-around terraces overlooking the river and city. The penthouse was previously priced at $7.7 million - now listed at $4.995 million.