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The best photos of winter 2014-2015 in NYC

Our beautiful shots of winter in the city include the Polar Plunge, the No Pants Subway Ride and, of course, the never-ending snow

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Sophie Harris
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The winter was a cold and snowy one, no doubt about that. We had to laugh, albeit bitterly, about how New Yorkers were dealing with the cold when the temperatures plunged below frozen. But it was also among the prettiest in years, thanks to all that white stuff—as our roundup of icy rivers shows. And boy, did you have fun in the cold, from stripping down for the Polar Plunge (yes, we're wincing at the thought even now) to dressing up for Santacon (double-wince). So check out our highlights of winter in Gotham, then let's take a deep breath and head for spring!

Photograph: Filip Wolak

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Mariah Carey performs at the Rockefeller Center Tree Lighting Ceremony, December 3, 2014
Photograph: Luciana Golcman

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Shoppers observe the annual holiday windows at Bergdorf Goodman, December 7, 2014
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Photograph: Brett Carlsen

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New Yorkers dressed as Santa parade through the streets of Manhattan for Santacon, December 13, 2014
Photograph: Brett Carlsen

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Santacon, December 13, 2014
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Photograph: Courtesy Creative Commons/Flickr/Illrjan Rrumbullaku

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Ice skating in Central Park, December 14, 2014
Photograph: Jena Cumbo

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Residents in Dyker Heights decorate their homes for the holidays, December 19, 2014
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Photograph: Courtesy Creative Commons/Flickr/Anthony Quintano/Quintanomedia

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Central Park, December 26, 2014
Photograph: Courtesy Creative Commons/Flickr/Anthony Quintaino/Quintanomedia

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The aftermath of New Years Eve in Times Square, January 1, 2015
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Photograph: David Williams

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At the annual Polar Plunge, people race in and out of the water at Coney Island, January 1, 2015
Photograph: David Williams

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Polar Plunge, January 1, 2015
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Photograph: Luciana Golcman

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New Yorkers participate in the annual No Pants Subway Ride, January 11, 2015
Photograph: Luciana Golcman

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No Pants Subway Ride, January 11, 2015
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Photograph: Courtesy Instagram/@nulooks_/Drilon Dushi

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A cab makes its way through the snow in Times Square, January 25, 2015
Photograph: Courtesy Creative Commons/Flickr/Adrian Cabrero

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A couple embraces near Central Park, January 26, 2015
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Photograph: Courtesy Creative Commons/Flickr/Ekonon

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Children sled in the park after Winter Storm Juno, January 27, 2015
Photograph: Courtesy Instagram/@mitzgami

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Building a snowman in Prospect Park, February 2, 2015
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Photograph: Courtesy Creative Commons/Flickr/Several Seconds

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Williamsburg freezes over after winter storm Juno, February 5, 2015
Photograph: Filip Wolak

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Racers participate in NYC's first Cupid's Undie Run, February 7, 2015
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Photograph: Filip Wolak

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Cupid's Undie Run, February 7, 2015
Photograph: Courtesy Instagram/@Wrongrob

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Grand Army Plaza in the snow, February 12, 2015
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Photograph: Courtesy Amy Hart for Times Square Alliance

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A marriage proposal in Times Square on Valentines Day, February 14, 2015
Photograph: Courtesy Creative Commons/Flickr/Brian D. Luster

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New York Harbor ices over, February 15, 2015
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Photograph: Courtesy Creative Commons/Flickr/Gigi_NYC

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The Bryant Park fountain freezes over, February 16, 2015
Photograph: Courtesy Instagram/@nulooks_/Drilon Dushi

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A pedestrian trudges through the snow at Radio City Music Hall, February 16, 2015
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Photograph: Filip Wolak

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A dog is groomed to prepare for the Westminister Dog Show, February 17, 2015
Photograph: Filip Wolak

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Miss P. is crowned Best in Show at The Westminister Dog Show, February 18, 2015
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Photograph: Courtesy Creative Commons/Flickr/Brian Lin

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New Yorkers celebrate Chinese New Year, February 19 2015
Photograph: Courtesy Creative Commons/Flickr/Brian Lin

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New Yorkers celebrate Chinese New Year, February 19 2015
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Photograph: Courtesy Creative Commons/Flickr/Anthony Quintaino/Quintanomedia

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Manhattan surrounded by ice, February 22, 2015
Photograph: Courtesy Instagram/@Wrongrob

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Times Square in the snow, February 25, 2015
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