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What’s in the time capsule? • Brooklyn Paper

What’s in the time capsule?

This cornerstone held the time capsule, whose contents are being kept from us.
The Brooklyn Paper / Ben Muessig

Members of the Bay Ridge United Methodist Church won’t reveal the contents of the time capsule that once served as the cornerstone of their demolished church — so all we can do is speculate. Luckily, we’re some of the most informed historians in the borough, so here’s what might be in the historic trove:

• Photos of President McKinley, partying like it’s 1899.

• A postcard that reads, “Welcome to Yellow Hook!”

• One jar of pickled cabbage, grown on the Ovington family farm.

• A complaint letter from local residents, claiming that the church — which was the tallest building in the neighborhood at the time — would ruin their sweeping views of Manhattan.

• A letter from church architect George W. Kramer that states, “If you’re reading this, I’m mad at you.”

— Andy Campbell

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