Saturday, November 22, 2008

Exit 114 GSP Middletown Jesus

The Green Lady is New Jersey’s most recognizable statue.
The rest of the world knows her as, "The Statue of Liberty," but to the locals, she is The Green Lady. She may stand in New York harbor but those feet are firmly planted in New Jersey. Though NYC loves to take credit for her, truth be told, her mailing address is literally:

The Statue of Liberty
2 Communipaw Way
Jersey City NJ, yes that’s New Jersey in that address.

And whenever NYC has a blackout, the lady’s torch still shines, lit by NJPSE&G.
But there’s another famous statue here in the Garden State: The Dancing Jesus of Middletown. Now the Dancing Jesus may seem silly, but with the history of Whippowill Road leading to the cemetery housing the statue, a dancing Jesus is a friendly sight indeed. In the 1800’s 15 women were burned at the stake for being witches and buried just outside the cemetery. The locals still claim the road to be haunted with trees that appear to have human forms trying to escape from them.

The deal with the Dancing Jesus is this - if you stare at the Jesus in the daylight, the arms appear to undulate. At night, if flash your high beams on and off and the statue also appears to do a little dance for you. The guys at Weird NJ tagged it with the best line ever: "Savior Last Dance for Me."

Jeremiah 31:13Then maidens will dance and be glad, young men and old as well. I will turn their mourning into gladness; I will give them comfort and joy instead of sorrow.

1 comment:

Gigi said...

NJJ - once again I've learned something here! I did not know that the Statue of Liberty had a NJ address!! That has to be one of the world's best kept secrets! And the "tag line" for the Dancing Jesus...pretty clever!!