Coney Island Polar Bear Plunge on New Year’s Day 2014

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The past two years I photographed the Sons of Ireland Polar Bear Plunge in Asbury Park, New Jersey (see those posts here and here). This New Year’s Day I awoke in New York City, so to keep the tradition alive, I went to Brooklyn for the 111th Annual Coney Island Polar Bear Club’s New Year’s Day Plunge. This plunge was far larger than any I’ve seen in New Jersey with hundreds of bathers and thousands more spectators and media all elbowing their way to the water’s edge to snap photos. I admit that I prefer the smaller events, so perhaps I’ll return with my camera one Sunday this winter for a routine plunge in Coney Island.

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