Author Archives: Mark and Mark

The Spanish Mansion and the Capone Connection

Located in the wood on the outskirts of Pinewald, near Cedar Creek, can be found the mysterious ruins of a hacienda-style dwelling that has come to be known in local lore as The Spanish Mansion, which has long been rumored to have once been owned by the gangster Al Capone. Continue reading

The Sandy Hook Sea Serpent

In the late nineteenth century the Shrewsbury (Navesink) River along the west coast of Sandy Hook was the location of one of many well-documented and unexplained sightings of mysterious sea creatures that plagued the waters of the North Atlantic. Continue reading

Greek’s Playland, Monroe

It would not be an exaggeration to say that Greek’s Playland in Monroe Township is the most unique park of its kind in the entire world. It would not be an exaggeration because to our knowledge there are no other … Continue reading

Hunting for the Buried Treasure of Captain Kidd

Will the ill-gotten fortune of the pirate captain William Kidd ever be found? No one knows. But the next time you’re strolling the shoreline along a New Jersey beach you might just want to keep your eyes open for a shiny souvenir in the rolling surf––because sometimes what glitters may actually be gold. Continue reading

Vive Miss Liberty!

Some call her Miss Football, others Miss Liberty, Miss Millennium, former Miss Super Bowl, Miss World Series, Miss NFL, Miss Body Beautiful U.S.A., Miss Opening Day. But Sondra Fortunato is something beyond her many titles; she is bigger than life itself. Continue reading