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.
This small pasta joint tucked into an Upper East Side storefront uses only one shape of pasta: bigoli, the long, thick noodles popular in the Veneto region of Italy. All the pastas on the menu clock in below $10—a real bargain in this neighborhood. Try the vegan puttanesca with olives, onions, tomatoes and capers ($8.95), the creamy piselli e prosciutto with peas and ham ($9.95) or the classic bolognese ($9.95). With just eight pasta dishes and some San Pellegrinos ($2.50) on the menu, Bigoi Venezia keeps it simple. With dine in, take out and delivery options, the fast-casual restaurant also makes a convenient lunch or dinner solution.
Venue says: “Gourmet pasta to-go! Dishes from the Italian Veneto”