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2015 New Year’s Day Polar Bear Plunge

Grab a hot drink, then take a look at the shivering crazy folk who started the year with a splash in Coney Island Most of us prefer to get through our New Year’s Eve hangovers by binging on new movies on Netflix, but some people take a slightly different approach to New Year’s Day: hurling themselves face-first into the frigid waters at Coney Island. It’s a tradition that the Polar Bear Club has been keeping up since 1903 and each year just keeps getting bigger (check out these vintage photos for proof). This year saw a multitude of brave souls charge into the freezing ocean, but if you’re not ready to face the outside world just yet, you can sit back on your nice warm couch and just enjoy the slide show below. You might also like Vintage photos of the New Year’s Day Polar Bear Plunge View the best photos of this icy plunge that's a New Year’s Day tradition Every New Year's Day, brave souls gather on the shore of Coney Island Beach for the Coney Island Polar Bear Club's New Year's Day Swim, a tradition that's been going strong since 1903. Participants shake off their New Year’s Eve hangovers by plunging into the freezing waves. Spectators are in store for just as much fun, since many New Yorkers participating in the frosty dip arrive dressed in costume. The silliness is all for a good cause as the event raises funds for Camp Sunshine, a nonprofit that supports children with life-threatening illnesses. Click through our slide show to see participants through the decades.

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Vintage photos of the New Year’s Day Polar Bear Plunge

View the best photos of this icy plunge that's a New Year’s Day tradition Every New Year's day brave souls gather on the shore of Coney Island Beach for the Coney Island Polar Bear Club's New Year's Day Swim, a tradition that's been going strong since 1903. Participants shake off their New Year’s Eve hangovers by plunging into the freezing waves. Spectators are in store for just as much fun, since many New Yorkers participating in the frosty dip arrive dressed in costume. The silliness is all for a good cause as the event raises funds for Camp Sunshine, a nonprofit that supports children with life-threatening illnesses. Click through our slideshow to see participants through the decades. Most popular events this week Popular features in Things to Do The New York bucket list Here are the ten New York experiences you simply can’t miss. Cheap date ideas for fun-seeking New Yorkers Don’t fret, penny-pincher—each of these fun cheap date ideas will cost you $30 or less. Don’t be a tourist: Find in-the-know things to do in New York Tired of swamped tourist traps, huh? Check out these alternative things to do in New York. You might also like The year in pictures Relive the year with these 50 photos showing all the major events, festivals, parties and parades that made up 12 months in NYC 2014, huh? It’s been a hell of a year in New York. From the polar vortex to the supermoon, from the Mermaid Parade to SantaCon, from anguished protests to joyful celebrations, it’s definitely o

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The final night at Glasslands

The legendary Williamsburg music venue rocked out for the last time on New Year’s Eve We probably don't need to remind you—but we will anyway, just for closure's sake—that 2014 was a rough year for Brooklyn concert-venue closings. Last January's 285 Kent shuttering kicked off a steady stream of show-spot sign-offs (we still miss you, Death by Audio), several of which were related to the Vice Media takeover of a Williamsburg waterfront complex. The last of these spots to close was Glasslands, which hosted its final show on New Year's Eve with a mystery-lineup blowout that was revealed to be Sky Ferreira, DIIV, Smith Westerns and Beverly. So by the time you read this, Williamsburg will be one venue poorer. And while Glasslands may have lacked the scruffy DIY charm of its former neighbors, we'll still remember it as a crucial local spot, a haven for everything from melodic indie rock to cutting-edge electronica, hip-hop and R&B, and a show space where you could always count on feeling both cool and welcome. Here, we salute Glasslands one last time with photos from the final night. The locations will change, but we're confident that the party won't stop in 2015. You might also like The year in concert venue closings (and openings) By all accounts this was a rough year for the NYC music scene. A number of the city's best venues shut their doors in 2014, and some of our favorite DIY spots fared especially poorly. Williamsburg haven 285 Kent closed in early January, followed b

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New Year’s Eve celebrations 2015

As always, the city rang in the New Year in style—here are our favorite photos of New Yorkers welcoming 2015 New Year’s Eve is always a big deal in New York (as these classic photos show), and last night was no exception. Now that the confetti has settled and you’re gearing up for a New Year’s Day of mainlining coffee and bingeing on new movies on Netflix, let’s take a look at all the crazy stuff we got up to at midnight. Happy New Year, everyone! A photo posted by AG (@ag1945) on Dec 12, 2014 at 11:33pm PST   A photo posted by Anthony Quintano (@anthonyquintano) on Jan 1, 2015 at 4:58am PST   A photo posted by Elizabeth (@lizzy_ness) on Dec 12, 2014 at 10:47pm PST   A photo posted by Dan Reynolds (@reynolds534) on Jan 1, 2015 at 5:47am PST   A photo posted by maximusupinnyc (@maximusupinnyc) on Dec 12, 2014 at 11:43pm PST   A photo posted by bagladyhk (@bagladyhk) on Jan 1, 2015 at 2:47am PST   A photo posted by @nimonimob1 on Jan 1, 2015 at 6:36am PST   A photo posted by nay (@naaynayy) on Jan 1, 2015 at 8:32am PST   A photo posted by A.CarolineNYC (@a.carolinenyc) on Jan 1, 2015 at 7:55am PST   A photo posted by makirath (@makirath) on Jan 1, 2015 at 5:38am PST   A photo posted by Jess (@_jessi_e) on Jan 1, 2015 at 2:14am PST   A photo posted by Wenky (@wenkyeung) on Jan 1, 2015 at 5:53am PST   A photo posted by @enjoyingthelifearound on Jan 1, 2015 at 12:45am PST   A photo posted by Angel

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Classic photos of New Year's Eve in New York

Ring in the New Year with our favorite photos from over 80 years of celebration Whether you’re getting the singular New Year's Eve experience of braving the cold in New York’s infamous Times Square celebration, or hitting up one of the dozens of parties or concerts that will be ushering in 2015, you’re guaranteed an incredible night out in New York. How do we know that? Because people have been getting crazy on December 31 here forever. Check out these shots of NYC on New Year’s Eve through the decades for proof. You might also like Vintage photos from 110 years of the New York subway Board the nostalgia express with these photos of the age-old subway system and her retro rides of yesteryear Beneath the streets of New York City lies one of the largest metro systems in the world, spanning over 660 miles of track, boasting 468 stations, transporting over 5 million people a day, and being the best designated driver a city could ask for. After living in New York for a while, it's hard to be a good commuter on the crowded trains, but these images might just have you rekindling your love for MTA all over again. Although some subway stations need some repairs, the future is bright for the system with features like digital metro cards, more WiFi enabled stations, and the long awaited artsy Second Ave subway line; but until then, enjoy our favorite photos from the subway and the trains of the past 110 years of service. You might also like 21 eerie photos of the empty NYC subway

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Dyker Heights Christmas lights

Prepare to be dazzled: The people of Dyker Heights would like to remind you that it’s Christmas in New York If you’re like us (i.e., a sometimes cynical New Yorker who’s been there and done everything), the idea of spending an evening looking at Christmas lights seems like a moderately fun idea at best. That’s where the Dyker Heights Christmas lights come in, ready to melt even the iciest Scrooge heart and get you pumped for Christmas in New York—or wherever you’re headed! The Brooklyn neighborhood is famous for its over-the-top, no-holds-barred, oh-my-God-there’s-an-animatronic-Santa-on-the-roof light shows, and this year’s display is no exception. Lots of homes even employ professional decorators for the holiday lights (really!) to make sure their house is the craziest on the block. (The famed Christmas Lights and Cannoli Tour is mostly sold out, but walking around on your own is just as much fun. And who’s to stop you from buying your own damn cannoli?) Seriously, folks, these houses will blow your mind—and these awe-inspiring photos should do the trick until you can get there yourself. You might also like Christmas in New York Our guide to the best Christmas movies and gift ideas, plus festive activities like Bryant Park ice skating and the Radio City Christmas Spectacular Popular events this week It's the most wonderful time of the year—and by "it" we mean Christmas. New York lights up into a winter wonderland each year with Christmas trees, holiday window displays

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Christmas in New York

Lovers of snow, ice-skating and all things glittery, get ready to swoon at the sight of our fair city at its festive best There are many things New Yorkers do better than everyone else, from guzzling coffee to jaywalking. And if there's one time of year that exemplifies this, it's the holidays. Gotham's yuletide amazingness is well documented—look at our roundup of New York City's top 10 Christmas movie moments for evidence—and it's little wonder why. At its best, NYC is a magical, rosy-cheeked wonderland, from its ice-skating rinks and holiday windows to its astonishingly deep slushy puddles (let's be real). So go ahead and warm your cockles with these photos of our favorite place at Christmas. Recommended: Christmas in New York guide You might also like Christmas in New York Our guide to the best Christmas movies and gift ideas, plus festive activities like Bryant Park ice skating and the Radio City Christmas Spectacular Popular events this week It's the most wonderful time of the year—and by "it" we mean Christmas. New York lights up into a winter wonderland each year with Christmas trees, holiday window displays and Christmas lights. Even the most tourist-averse New Yorkers have to admit that it's a pretty spectacular sight. Get the most out of the holidays with our guide to the best holiday sales and holiday gift ideas, Christmas movies to watch with the family and plenty of festive things to do including Bryant Park ice skating, the Radio City Christmas Spectacula

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Vintage photos of New York during the holidays

Pull on your tweed slacks, light a pipe, and take a look at how New Yorkers celebrated the holidays back in the day There's nothing quite like Christmas in New York to get us all misty-eyed and nostalgic, so we've decided to go all out and collect our favorite vintage shots of Gotham in holiday mode to compliment our modern-day photos of Christmas in NYC. So grab a hot chocolate—and throw in a shot of something stronger, because that's what they did in the old days, right?—and feast your eyes on these lovely images. If these scenes take you to a warm and fuzzy place, get wrapped up in our then-and-now comparison of NYC in the holidays. Stylish and festive New Yorkers of yesteryear, we salute you! You might also like The 30 best photos of Christmas in New York Compare vintage and current scenes of NYC during the holidays Most popular events this week Popular Things to Do 70 things you’ll never hear a New Yorker say If you hear someone on the streets of NYC say any of these phrases, you know they must be from out of town 31 things that will happen to you when moving to New York Your first year after moving to NYC can be full of surprises, but these 31 things are pretty much guaranteed The 33 toughest things about being single in New York Forward this to your smug married friends to show them why it ain’t easy being a single guy or gal in NYC 51 reasons you know you’re a real New Yorker If you’ve experienced at least 20 of the following, you’re well on your way to having

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Gorgeous photos of New York in winter

Take a deep breath of that crisp, cool air and enjoy the sparkling beauty of the city in snow Most popular events this week Oh sure, the polar vortex can be a little, uh, bracing. But is there any city quite so dramatic, romantic and inspiring as New York in the snow? We're going to go ahead and say no—NYC wins the crown. And when you peep at these beautiful photos, we think you'll agree with us. You want more? Relive last season's wintery glory with New Yorkers' Instagram snowstorm highlights, or find your holiday glow at the city's prettiest holiday windows. Popular features in Things to Do The New York bucket list Here are the ten New York experiences you simply can’t miss. Cheap date ideas for fun-seeking New Yorkers Don’t fret, penny-pincher—each of these fun cheap date ideas will cost you $30 or less. Don’t be a tourist: Find in-the-know things to do in New York Tired of swamped tourist traps, huh? Check out these alternative things to do in New York. You might also like Holiday markets in New York City Shop the best seasonal markets and craft fairs in NYC to find gifts for everyone on your Christmas and Hanukkah lists Fed up with mass-produced merchandise and stuffy, crowded stores? Fortunately, New York has a wealth of holiday markets and craft fairs that you can browse if the big department stores with their holiday windows aren't your bag. These seasonal marts are great for checking things off of your holiday gift guide list—and for kindling a little holiday s

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The Winter Village at Bryant Park

It's never too early to spread holiday cheer, and you can start by checking out the Winter Village at Bryant Park If you don’t already know, the Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park is Midtown Manhattan’s prime destination for holiday shopping, seasonal eats and free ice-skating. But this year, the winter (and autumnal) festivities are kicking off early—before New York’s Halloween events, in fact. The Village is open now, so be sure to check out over 100 vendors and eateries, enjoy a tasty bite from the rink-side pop-up restaurant, Celsius, and if that’s not enough to get you in the holiday spirit, these stunning photos of the Winter Village just might do the trick. FYI: The holiday shops are open until January 4, but the festivities last through March 1. Most popular events this week Popular Things to Do 70 things you’ll never hear a New Yorker say If you hear someone on the streets of NYC say any of these phrases, you know they must be from out of town 31 things that will happen to you when moving to New York Your first year after moving to NYC can be full of surprises, but these 31 things are pretty much guaranteed The 33 toughest things about being single in New York Forward this to your smug married friends to show them why it ain’t easy being a single guy or gal in NYC 51 reasons you know you’re a real New Yorker If you’ve experienced at least 20 of the following, you’re well on your way to having “real New Yorker” credibility You might also like 101 thin

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