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cache type Time Capsule - Open Cache in 5000 Years cache size

by Alan2
(Finds: 0  Score: 0)    (Hidden: 10  Score: 36.5)

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Coordinates (WGS-84 datum)
N 40° 44.575'   W 073° 50.705'
Corona,   New York   11368
United States    Near By Caches

Hidden On: 25 Nov 2001
Waypoint (Landmark): N001B5
Open Cache:  Personal use only
Cache type:  Unknown
Cache size:   Unknown

Difficulty: gps half gps (easy)
Terrain: gps half gps (easy)

Misc: Drinking water available. There are restrooms (water closets) available Disabled access. Pets are allowed. Parking is available No fees!


Maps are queued for generation.
Additional maps for this cache available at: topozone.com logo    mapquest.com logo

This is a virtual cache.

1938 and 1964 New York World's Fair time capsule is also a National Geodetic Survey benchmark.

You'll have to wait 5,000 years to get your hands on the goodies in this cache (unless you use a backhoe in the middle of the night to pry open the 7 1/2 foot diameter by 2 1/2 foot high granite monument cover. The stuff is underneath, 50 feet down a well). The inskription on the East side of the monument states: "The Time Capsules Deposited September 23, 1938 and October 16, 1965 by the Westinghouse Electric Corporation as a Record of Twentieth Century Civilization - to Endure for 5000 Years."

While you are there, check out the accuracy of your GPS and calibrate your altimeter. Just place it in the center of the cover and check your coordinates. The NGS measured the full degrees, minutes, seconds DD MM SS.SSSSS coordinates at 40 44' 34.46640"(N) 073 50' 42.31409"(W), (NAD 83 1996) which is accurate to a thousandth of a meter. But who's counting?

When you log your visit here, it would be nice if you would list the type of GPS receiver and how far away it indicates you are from the actual coordinates. How close do our readings come to the actual? No cheating. Mine were between 1 and 4 meters accurate among four Waypoint markings. Convert to UTM and each integer difference represents one meter or 3 feet 3 inches The capsule UTM position is 18 T 597508 4510860 which is as accurate as I can convert it. Note: If you have an altimeter, you can calibrate it to the NGS height of 23 feet or 7 meters.

This is a great place to visit for fun things to do. Take the kids. It's in Flushing Meadows Park. You can park at N40 44.679' W73 50.787' next to an ice skating rink. Walk to the capsule. Or drive to within 30 feet of the capsule if it's raining. (Don't drive in the back areas however. I think that's restricted). View the Unisphere behind the rink, a 100-200 foot diameter stainless steel geodesic sphere of the earth above a fountain. All within a few blocks to a mile are the Queens Museum of Art and a Children's Science Museum. When it gets warmer there's plenty of walking and picnic areas and you're close to Shea Stadium -the Mets and Flushing Tennis stadium. Take the kids to the zoo (open all year and a quick 3 hour tour) and carousel (summer only) both on the other side of the parkway N40 44.588' W73 50.929'. Go fishing, sail and fly model airplanes 3/4 mile south at Meadow Lake at N40 44.025' W73 50.234'. For out-of-towners who can't wait to calibrate their GPS, La Guardia Airport is only 2 miles away at N40 46.241' W73 52.031'.

Have fun. Someone shoot a picture of the capsule monument with inskription and post it. Tech geeks like me can find the NGS data sheet at: this web site PID reference KU3344

Clue decoding tables - Top letter or symbol decodes to bottom letter or symbol:



Clues:    decode

  • Car entrance to the park 
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CACHE LOGS - May contain hints(spoilers)!    decode

I found it! 01 Jun 2015 by  sfcchaz  (Finds: 45  Score: 129)    (Hidden: 1  Score: 3.5)
    Open Log:  Personal use only

I was in the town for a couple of days and decided to seek this one because of its listing on Navicache.com. It was a ghost town here and I parked right next to the sidewalk leading to the Time Capsule. I have a Garmin 600T and my GPSr stated 6 feet when I placed it on top of the capsule. TFTC

Note 07 Apr 2007 by  hairymon  (Finds: 2  Score: 6)    (Hidden: 1  Score: 4.5)
    Open Log:  Unrestricted

Didn't realize this was also a Navicache! Also logged into geocaching.com as HaLiJuSaPa

I found it! 26 Aug 2006 by  JerryMonkey  (Finds: 3  Score: 9)    (Hidden: 0  Score: 0)
    Open Log:  Personal use only

I've been waiting a real long time to log this cache. Took a walk over here after visiting the zoo. Using a Garmin eTrex Legend, I was reading under 4ft away with 15ft accuracy.

I found it! 01 Jan 2004 by  bayonets4u  (Finds: 13  Score: 42.5)    (Hidden: 0  Score: 0)
    Open Log:  Personal use only

Third of five caches found today. My garmin 76 Map was giving me a 6 to 10 foot error.
Thanks for the cache.

I found it! 23 Dec 2001 by  stayfloopy  (Finds: 82  Score: 274.5)    (Hidden: 5  Score: 17.5)
    Open Log:  Personal use only

#256 Got out of Manhattan after finding some Manhattan caches although why did I choose the Cross Bronx Expressway? It's always a parking lot. Got off it and onto the Sheridan, and from there, it was smooth sailing. Found the park entrance after making a U-turn on Grand Central Parkway using the LIE interchange. Found a parking lot pretty near the cache. Once I had parked the car, I turned around and realized that the building next to the parking lot was indeed the skating rink. Found the time capsule easily although I'm puzzled as to what that structure nearby with all those 'Danger / Keep Out' signs is. GPS readings follow:

Garmin Etrex (classic yellow):
N 40 deg 44.573 min
W 73 deg 50.705 min
elev 22ft (it got lucky)

Magellan Map 330 (Staples rebate special):
N 40 deg 44.573 min
W 73 deg 50.708 min (averaging for 4 min)
elev 62ft

I found it! 01 Dec 2001 by  BassoonPilot  (Finds: 53  Score: 181.5)    (Hidden: 7  Score: 27.5)
    Open Log:  Personal use only

Hi Alan. Here is my duplicate backup log for my 12/01/01 find of the Time Capsule. At the time, I was still using my Maggie 300.


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