Polar Bear Plunge

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Polar Bear Plunge
Photograph: Courtesy Daniel Turkewitz

Time Out says

Baby, it’s cold outside and these brave New Yorkers are running headlong into icy waters at Coney Island for their first act of the new year. Every New Years Day for 116 years, swimmers sporting their skivvies or crazy costumes dive into the freezing Atlantic to symbolically wash away the year before.

This year, the long-standing tradition won't be happening due to the pandemic. "With the ongoing concerns regarding mass gatherings amid the COVID-19 pandemic, we have made the difficult decision to cancel what would have been the 117th annual New Year's Day plunge," they wrote in a statement. You can donate here instead.




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