Yearly Archives: 2012

Henry Hudson In Atlantic Highlands

It was on this day, September 13th, in 1609 that Henry Hudson began his exploration of the river that would one day bear his name. Before he ascended the estuary though, Hudson stopped at a small freshwater spring in what is now Atlantic Highlands to collect water for his ship the Half Moon. Continue reading

Homemade Homages to 9/11

September eleventh of this year marks the eleventh anniversary of the terrorist attacks that brought down the Twin Towers in 2001. Here are just a few examples of homemade New Jersey homages that prove that the World Trade Center and those who lost their lives on 9/11 will not be forgotten. Continue reading

The Mystery of the Morro Castle

On Sept. 8th in 1934, that the passenger liner S.S. Morro Castle ran aground just a few yards from Convention Hall in Asbury Park, NJ. 137 passengers and crewmembers died aboard or while trying to escape from the fire engulfed ship. Many mysteries still surround the wreck of the Morro Castle, which remains one of the worst maritime disasters in U.S. history. Was one of the heralded heroes of that fateful day, radio operator George White Rodgers, actually the true villain of the catastrophe? Continue reading

Seeking the Hide of Antoine Le Blanc, The Morristown Murderer

After being executed for the triple murder of one of Morristown’s most respected families, the story of Antoine Le Blanc should have been over. But his public hanging on the town green was really just the beginning of the tale. For after his hanging Le Blanc was skinned and turned into “charming little keepsakes” like wallets and bookmarks. Continue reading

Howard Unruh’s “Walk of Death”

On Sept 6, 1949, Howard Unruh, a deranged but decorated World War II veteran, loaded up with ammunition and a German luger and with a dazed look, walked down River Street in Camden and opened fire on people that got in his way. His 20-minute rampage that killed 13 people and wounded 3 others had become known in the media as “The Walk Of Death.” Continue reading

Murdered Music Major Haunts College of NJ (Trenton State)

It was on September 4, 1977, that an aspiring young music major was brutally murdered while practicing piano in an empty auditorium at The College of New Jersey (then known as Trenton State College). To this day, the murder is unsolved. Ever since that time strange ghostly occurrences have been reported surrounding Kendall Hall. Continue reading

The Gates of Hell

There is probably no better way to prove one’s courage than by walking straight into the gaping maw of Hell, the gates of which can be found in the town of Clifton, Passaic County–or so the legend goes… Continue reading

Luna Parc: Psychedelic Wonderland in the Woods

Upon entering the gates to Luna Parc, you are awestruck at the immensity of the project Boscarino has been building in the woods for all these years. The front yard is awash in brilliantly colored sculptures, walls and spires. Everything is encrusted with swirling mosaics of tile, glass, concrete and painted metal. Continue reading