Author Archives: Mark and Mark

A Governor In Queen’s Clothing

New Jersey’s first royal governor, a first cousin of Queen Anne, took office in 1706, and quickly gained the dubious distinction of being one of our state’s most loathed leaders. Edward Hyde, Viscount Cornbury, (1661–1723) had already rubbed Americans the … Continue reading

Route 9, Through the Eyes of a Dinosaur

For almost 86 years now I have stood on Rt. 9 in Bayville watching the world go by (which for a dinosaur is no time at all), the scenery changing with each new decade, the population of cars growing from a handful here and there to thousands a day driving by my little place on the highway that was not so long ago little more than an oiled dirt road. As more people came and went, so did the fashions of their day and the designs of their motorcars, but always there was a smile and a wave from those who turned their heads as they passed, no matter how many times they had done it before. Continue reading

Ghosts of the Union Hotel, Flemington

Though the grand old hotel no longer accepts visitors today, there are said to be some guests who have never checked out. Recently Weird NJ was invited to tour the vacant rooms and empty corridors of the Union Hotel, which have been sealed off from the eyes of the public for three years now. Continue reading

Murder By Death Shines at the Stanley Hotel

There has been no shortage of stories surrounding the one hundred and seven year old landmark that is the Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, CO. Dating as far back as 1911, most of the stories revolve around its otherworldly inhabitants, who are back from the land of the dead. Heck, the hotel’s website even provides a rundown of their most famous ghosts. Continue reading

Route 55: Indian Curse Road

In March of 2016 a eerie video was posted on the Internet of what appeared to be a ghostly woman in a white wedding dress moving down the side of the road along Route 55 in the area of Exit 56. The apparition appears to be floating. Is it a ghost, or just an internet hoax? You be the judge… Continue reading

A Bridge Abridged in Hoboken

Today, one backyard along 12th Street in Hoboken is five feet wider than it was a few years ago. Because that’s when Hoboken’s “Phantom Bridge” cornerstone mysteriously disappeared. Once located in the backyard of 1200 Garden Street, it was a … Continue reading

The Mummies of Newark

Most people would find it weird that a church would pave over its own historic cemetery to create a parking lot. To some, it may seem sad, the cemetery was one of the oldest in the state and contained members of the founding families of Newark, who settled the town in the 1660s. Some might be disturbed to know that most of the 2,000-plus graves in the cemetery were not removed prior to paving the parking lot in 1959. Continue reading